Cyber criminals continue to look for ways to attack and access data. It is important that organizations utilize every available tool in their possession to fight back. Health IT Security brought this interesting information to our attention in their article, “Can Analytics Improve Healthcare Cybersecurity, Reduce Cyber Risk?”

For healthcare, cybersecurity still remains a challenge and unfortunately, many providers have not reduced their cyber risk. Because healthcare is increasingly being targeted, all areas must be reviewed for potential risk.

IT suppliers can be concerning if healthcare providers don’t have transparency into the best practice compliance status of their suppliers. The vendor community needs to be more proactive in investing in its own documented security processes, but in a way that demonstrates they understand the idiosyncrasies of healthcare operations and clinical risks.

The engagement of clinical leadership is critical if we want to shift the cybersecurity conversation from being purely technical to one that’s directly linked to patient safety and organizational resiliency. Even if management’s primary concern is the financial and regulatory repercussions of a cyberattack, this will all stem from the extent and type of clinical and organizational disruption.

Melody K. Smith

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