St. Luke’s safeguards millions of patient records with Rubrik

St. Luke’s safeguards millions of patient records with Rubrik

Rubrik, the Zero Trust Data Security Company, has announced that St. Luke’s University Health Network (St. Luke’s) replaced its legacy backup vendor with Rubrik to support its shift to the cloud and achieve cyber-resilience. Relying on Rubrik Security Cloud, St. Luke’s can now recover from cyberattacks within minutes or hours, as opposed to months.

St. Luke’s is a non-profit organisation that provides healthcare services for more than 80,000 patients and more than 340,000 emergency room visits every year across 14 campuses and 300 outpatient sites in the US. St. Luke’s houses 2.5 petabytes of data and millions of patient records in Epic, its patient access and medical records system.

Cyber recovery simulations revealed that if St. Luke’s was hit with ransomware, patient care would be significantly impacted because it would take months of downtime and millions of dollars to recover. These insights helped St. Luke’s recognise its need for a modern data security platform. Since switching to Rubrik, St. Luke’s has seen a saving of 73% of total cost of ownership. Additionally, Rubrik products like Threat Hunting and Anomaly Detection alert St. Luke’s to real-time changes in its environment — putting trust in the integrity of its data. 

“In our industry, a cyberattack paralyses our ability to provide life-saving care to our patients — so cyber-resiliency is not optional,” said David Finkelstein, Chief Information Security Officer at St. Luke’s. “With Rubrik Security Cloud, we have secured our sensitive data, gained confidence and peace of mind in the resiliency of our operations and can uphold our commitment to providing outstanding healthcare services even if we face a cyber event.” 

Backups are an important defence against ransomware. However, the recent Rubrik Zero Labs State of Data Security report found that 90% of external organisations reported that malicious actors attempted to impact data backups during a cyberattack and 73% were at least partially successful in these attempts.

“Legacy backups are a hunting ground for cybercriminals, as they were historically built for natural disasters — not modern cyberattacks,” said Anneka Gupta, Chief Product Officer at Rubrik. “Healthcare organisations with particularly sensitive data must prioritise a strong remediation plan that relies on uncompromised backups. St. Luke’s took a proactive stance securing its patient data —and this approach will radically improve its long-term cyber-resiliency.”

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