Health Tech is the next frontier for Innovation.A spate of new technologies and technology aimed at expediting and personalizing patient care can have unintended consequences, leaving the organization vulnerable to a slew of new threats.


What exactly is Health Tech, and how crucial is data security?

Within the Health Tech Sector, Health Tech is the fastest expanding vertical, encompassing technology-enabled health care goods and services that can be supplied or consumed, as well as the capacity to accelerate the development and commercialization of medical products. One word that encapsulates this growth is health tech, which refers to the interface of healthcare and technology.

India exports nearly 20% of global pharmaceuticals, which has reached approx. USD 22 billion by the end of 2020, with the E-Pharmacy sector, expected to grow by INR 25, 000 crores by 2022.

The practice of preserving corporate data and preventing data loss due to illegal access is known as data security.

  • Safeguard your brand, increase consumer trust, and avoid Data Breaches.
  • To abide by the law’s requirements, policies, and regulations.
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Data Breaches through various Mediums


API is a piece of software that allows two programs to communicate with one another. Microsoft Power Apps administrative interface exposed the data of 47 enterprises totaling 38 million personal records.


Many medical websites have security weaknesses that allow sensitive information to be exposed. Due to this leak, all assets and vulnerabilities across your entire attack surface would be exposed.


Data Breach can occur because of misconfiguration of basic settings such as cloud, firewalls, or servers. If there is any data leakage, it can be easily retrieved.


Several pieces of equipment have spoof or forged websites, which can make attaining the security goals of integrity, confidentiality, and availability difficult.


An attempt to obtain usernames, passwords, or medical data for malicious purposes through password leakage or inducing users to click links to fraudulent websites.

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Process for Establishing a Secure Environment

To guarantee that patient data is always safe and accessible, focus your remediation efforts on the vulnerabilities that pose the most risk. Calculate critical reporting metrics to aid in the optimization of your security strategy and communication of your security team's effectiveness. It is necessary to ensure that any vulnerabilities in the Health Tech sector are detected to avoid some disastrous outcomes. This can be accomplished by doing regular security testing and immediately addressing any vulnerabilities discovered.

For cybersecurity in medical device regulation, risk analyses should focus on assessing the risk of patient harm by considering: -

  1. The exploitability of the cybersecurity vulnerability
  2. The severity of patient harm if the vulnerability were to be exploited.

External network vulnerability assessment and internal network vulnerability assessment are two types of network vulnerability assessments.

  • Internal Network Vulnerability Assessment- It assists in determining how readily and freely attackers can move laterally through your network following an external compromise.
  • External Network Vulnerability Assessment- It not only aids in the prevention and detection of cyber-attacks, but also uncovers flaws in your network's internet-facing assets, such as mail, web, and FTP servers.
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How can one fix this?

Data Breaches to be fixed by the below-mentioned suggestions



Source Code Review

To remedy the data breach, a comprehensive Source Code Review is required. Secure code review is a manual or automated technique for examining the source code of an application. The purpose of this audit is to find any security flaws or vulnerabilities that may exist.



Periodic Security Testing

A Penetration Test, often known as a pen test, is an attempt to assess the security of an IT infrastructure by exploiting weaknesses in a safe manner.Something we encourage (Web Application, IT Infra, Medical Device, Cloud Security Testing, API Testing).



Risk Mitigation Strategy

At this stage, we produce several risk-mitigation options, evaluate them, and then prepare and implement action plans. The most significant threats must be dealt with as quickly as feasible.



Spoof Domain or forged Domain

DMARC which stands for Domain-based Message Authentication and Reporting Protocol. Its purpose is to allow email domain owners to secure their domain from unlawful use.



For Phishing Attacks

One must be ready with Phishing Awareness Solutions such as being aware of any emails requesting sensitive information or a URL that requires authentication. Security awareness training for personnel using tools like ThreatCop is a must.

Comply With Regulations

Rule 1

  • The Government has published the Information Technology (Reasonable Security Practices and Procedures and Sensitive Personal Data or Information) Rules, 2011.
  • It covers the protection of "sensitive personal data or information of a person," such as passwords, medical records, and history, financial information, biometric information, and physical, physiological, and mental health conditions.

Rule 2

  • The Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) is a government-run organization and (Rule 67K) (3) is applied In India.
  • An E-Pharmacy site must be built which is intended to keep the information they've gathered as localized as possible. This specifies that any information gathered through the e-pharmacy website will not be saved.

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What can we do to make a difference?

These are only a few of the numerous high-risk flaws in medical devices. Malicious actors exploiting these flaws can result in a variety of disastrous outcomes.

Conducting a periodic VAPT for medical devices is the most effective method of removing vulnerabilities in these devices. This can assist you in identifying critical vulnerabilities that must be addressed right away to prevent threat actors from exploiting them.