The start of a new year encourages us to reflect on the past and look to the possibilities of the future. In health care, our goals often align around the pursuit of patient safety, improved outcomes for all and a more satisfying clinician experience.
A strong cybersecurity posture is a critical part of delivering the highest quality care and operating efficiently. Unfortunately, a recent report shows that health care providers are the most targeted sector for cybercrimes, accounting for 79% of all reported breaches. Nearly 500 providers were breached in 2020, affecting just over 16.5 million patients.
While cybersecurity is a challenge for some organizations ─ especially now as our industry is adapting to new capabilities, processes and workflows amid the COVID-19 pandemic ─ we must continue to do everything we can to defend our computers, servers, mobile devices, electronic systems, networks and sensitive data from malicious attacks.
William Crank, COO, Fortified Health Security, also states that "...as we look forward to 2021, security teams will have their capabilities stretched and tested. As more and more focus is placed on cybersecurity by all industries, managing security talent retention will be a struggle as resources will be heavily recruited. Lastly, security strategies will be revisited heavily as previously approved projects may not address the current threat landscape since the four walls of the facility have now expanded to our associates' home networks due to a large, and potentially permanent, remote workforce. Protecting our resources at the edge will become a point of emphasis for information and IT security teams.”
As you determine how to safeguard your organization in 2021 and beyond, these are four practical resolutions to consider.
1. Establish an incident response plan
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