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Five cybersecurity best practices for healthcare organizations
This article is part of the Pulse issue of March 2018, Vol. 6, No. 2
Cybersecurity will continue to be a top priority for hospitals and healthcare organizations in 2018. The increasing number of sophisticated attacks against health groups is putting CIOs and IT professionals on high alert. The ever-changing tactics used by attackers require everyone to adopt new and improved cybersecurity best practices, along with intelligent cybersecurity technology to keep patient data protected. While end-user training and awareness are critical areas that continue to demand attention, there are several important steps that IT folks must address to ensure they're prepared to handle the changing threats lurking outside their environment. These cybersecurity best practices will help CIOs, CISOs and other security professionals to protect patient data and keep their environments safe from cyberattackers. Get to know the network in depth. To implement the appropriate defenses and security protections, IT teams must ensure that they have an in-depth understanding of their network and attack surface. That'll expose...
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More hacker threats, including via connected medical devices, are coming to healthcare organizations, but health IT professionals can look to AI and blockchain for possible help.
Patient data breaches dropped in 2017, mainly due to fewer large-scale breaches, but ransomware strikes intensified and insiders kept hacking.
Medical facilities sometimes believe security is equivalent to compliance with HIPAA -- but not so fast. Organizations must consider other aspects when guarding patient data.
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Health IT and hospital security professionals must try to stay ahead of cyberattacks against electronic patient records. But now hackers are prepping the next generation.
Worry about health IT cybersecurity has shifted from hacker-triggered health data breaches to ransomware and malware exploits that shut down hospitals and threaten patient safety.
Hospital CIOs who want to ensure that their environments are protected should be sure to implement multifactor authentication and AI-based monitoring to prevent data breaches.