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For CIOs, hospital cyberattacks present a likely threat
This article is part of the Pulse issue of January 2017, Vol. 5, No. 1
Just days after three hijacked planes flew into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon in 2001, I remember hospital officials telling me that every U.S. healthcare facility needed to prepare for how they'd react if a terror attack hit their community. Fast forward 15 years, and some hospitals have indeed needed to enact such response plans -- for example, at medical centers in Boston; Orlando; and San Bernardino, Calif., after terror attacks in those cities. But I argue that there's a far greater threat lurking in the world's networks as cybercriminals attempt to carry out hospital cyberattacks. Whether it's a terrorist, foreign country or plain old thief, stealing patient data takes far fewer resources and coordination than a physical attack on a building or city. And unlike the latter scenario, all hospitals are likely to experience the former at some point. January's issue of SearchHealthIT's Pulse examines cybersecurity from several angles in the hopes of giving healthcare CIOs and IT professionals more ideas on how ...
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Features in this issue
Cyberattacks have become an all-too-common occurrence. Health IT experts offer advice on how to detect, prevent and recover from cyberattacks using the most effective technologies.
The new year could be one of healthcare cybersecurity catchup, after 2015 logged huge health data breaches and 2016 saw devastating ransomware attacks on providers.
There are several factors that leave hospitals vulnerable to ransomware attacks, including the use of legacy systems and the fear of financial penalties due to a data breach.
Columns in this issue
Cybercriminals have a greater likelihood of hitting hospitals than the community assaults envisioned after the 9/11 attacks. But technology is better poised to defend against them.