Three Ways Healthcare Orgs Can Implement a SOC for Advanced Threat Detection

May 15, 2019 Arctic Wolf Networks

Last year, LifeBridge Health disclosed a breach of its patients’ sensitive data, including ePHI. In December, a class-action lawsuit against LifeBridge claimed damages on behalf of the 530,000 affected individuals.

According to the lawsuit, hackers installed malware on a server containing records such as names, birthdates, and diagnoses. They accessed LifeBridge servers through one of its physician practices in 2016, yet the organization didn’t discover it until 2018.

This is a common struggle. The allure of ePHI and weak defenses makes healthcare organizations easy targets for attackers.


A SOC Helps You Fight Back

Staying ahead of advanced threats requires advanced protection. A security operations center (SOC) enables you to detect and respond to sophisticated threats that put your organization at risk.

There are three traditional options for implementing a SOC:

1. In-house solution

A typical SOC centralizes cybersecurity analysts, engineers, and other staff in one location. They continuously monitor, analyze, and respond to security incidents using technology such as security information and event management (SIEM) systems.

An in-house SOC presents several challenges. Limited resources top among them:

  • It takes a large capital investment to deploy the necessary technology, and then continuously manage and update it.
  • Staffing the SOC 24/7 adds to the expense.
  • An additional barrier is the lack of skilled cybersecurity talent to meet increasing demand. Globally, the gap is estimated at nearly 3 million.

2. Managed security service provider

Managed security service providers (MSSPs) offer cost-effective solutions for organizations that don’t have the resources to manage their security in-house. Many healthcare organizations rely on MSSPs for network monitoring and threat analysis, eliminating the need to hire in-house cybersecurity personnel.

There’s a drawback to MSSPs, however:

  • Their primary focus area is remote management of devices, such as firewalls, VPNs, and intrusion detection systems. This puts your hospital or healthcare practice at a disadvantage—by outsourcing your remote device management you lose control over insights into your security posture.

3. Managed detection and response

SOC-as-a-service is a cost-effective alternative to an in-house SOC. Managed detection and response (MDR), a component of SOC-as-a-service, bridges the gap in the MSSP service.

  • MDR expert personnel serve as an extension of your IT team.
  • MDR prioritizes incidents and strengthens your cybersecurity posture.
  • MDR is a turnkey solution for 24/7, real-time advanced threat management.

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