Trend Micro Achieves AWS Healthcare Competency Status for Cloud Security

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Trend Micro has achieved AWS Healthcare Competency status, the company announced Thursday. Pictured: Attendees arrive at AWS re:Invent 2021, a conference hosted by Amazon Web Services, Nov. 30, 2021, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Noah Berger/Getty Images for Amazon Web Services)

Trend Micro announced Thursday that it has achieved AWS Healthcare Competency Status, bringing Trend’s total to more than 15 AWS Competencies and designations for its cloud security solutions.

The healthcare designation was considered important, particularly because healthcare organizations have been under great stress over the past two years during the pandemic and are facing increased threats from ransomware, bad bots , DDoS attacks and spear phishing emails.

“This latest designation is further proof of our successful business transformation as a platform-based cybersecurity provider,” said Mike Milner, vice president of cloud technology at Trend Micro. “As we continue to expand into new areas of business, a strong relationship with AWS allows us to expand our customer base and co-create a secure cloud environment.”

Healthcare providers have gone through a massive digital transformation in a very short time over the past two years, which has driven digital transformation and forced them to adopt mobile and cloud-based technologies, said Hank Schless , senior director of security solutions at Lookout. . Schless said that was personified by the massive adoption of telehealth, which has become the most viable way for healthcare providers to connect with patients during the pandemic.

“In addition to telehealth, providers have also opened up access to platforms where they store patients’ electronic health records, payment data, social security numbers, and other highly sensitive data,” Schless said. “As some organizations use a hybrid model of on-premises and cloud servers, they need to deploy modern security solutions that protect assets connected to cloud services, such as smartphones and tablets.”

Joseph Carson, chief security scientist and advisory CISO at Delinea, added that healthcare organizations have long been a prime target for cybercriminals. Carson said it’s likely due to the amount of sensitive personally identifiable information (PII) that organizations collect and store, both on-premises and in the cloud, as well as a large number of traditionally connected devices. integrated into the respective networks.

“The result is a massive, more easily exploitable threat vector,” Carson said. “In many cases, personal health information (PHI) is far more valuable than stolen credit card information. On the dark web, it is sold for up to $500 or even more as they can be easily abused, such as medical identity theft, making false medical claims, fake prescriptions, or creating other false identities. Since medical records are extremely sensitive and valuable to cybercriminals, they should be a top priority for healthcare institutions holding PHI to protect them with security best practices such as strong encryption, access security privileges and multi-factor authentication. »

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