Protecting healthcare data, securing hospital systems
Healthcare organizations are valuable and sensitive infrastructures due to their support for people’s well-being and safety but they are dealing with ever-growing and increasingly sophisticated cyber threats. Personal health data is extremely valuable and tends to be the most prized by cyber criminals. Unlike credit card data, which you can change and replace, you cannot change your healthcare data easily. Healthcare information has all of your most sensitive data all in one place. This makes it very popular for identity theft, billing and insurance fraud, and extortion.
Healthcare providers also face serious shortages of skilled IT professionals who can properly deal with cyber intrusions and every day new cyber threats emerge, varying in sophistication. The most destructive have brought whole IT systems down, compromising patient records and crippling a hospital’s operations.
In this paper we will explore the challenges facing healthcare IT leaders and discuss the multi-faceted approach required by all stakeholders in the healthcare ecosystem to manage and mitigate this pervasive threat.
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