Healthcare organizations increasingly are being targeted by malicious actors perpetrating ransomware schemes and other cyberattacks, which makes a robust strategy for data backup and recovery critical.
The evolution of cloud-based data storage, off-premises solutions, cloud-enabled services such as telemedicine, and the rapid rise of a remote work force have also underscored the importance of backup and recovery solutions.
Veritas Healthcare CTO Rick Bryant points out that backup and disaster recovery capabilities have been required of healthcare organizations by law since HIPAA was enacted in 1996.
“They’re expected to be up and be resilient in the face of all adversity, and the past two years demonstrated more adversity than I think we’ve ever had in our healthcare system, and also illustrates how critical it is to the health of the country,” he says.
Bryant says that, from his perspective, backup is table stakes for healthcare, while the real issue is data recovery.
“The big independent software vendors like Cerner and Epic are now requiring data immutability because of the threats of ransomware,” he says. “We’ve been working with the industry to take the requirement for backup and turn it into real resiliency, giving organizations the confidence and the capabilities to recover within a certain period of time.”