03. 08. 23
Cybersecurity in healthcare is a critical issue that affects not only covered entities, but also their business associates and their patients. Various factors have made healthcare one of the industries most targeted by cyber criminals year after year. In this blog post, we will discuss the importance of cybersecurity in healthcare and the steps practices can take to protect themselves from cyber threats.
Healthcare organizations possess a large amount of sensitive data, including personally identifiable information (PII), medical records, and financial information. Any single patient record would likely have everything a cybercriminal would need to commit identity theft, fraud, and other malicious activities.
Another reason cybersecurity is essential to a healthcare organization is the growing reliance on technology to provide care. While there are clear advantages to going electronic, every system and device used is another potential path a hacker can take to access and corrupt the valuable information stored within.
Cyber-attacks not only do a lot of damage to a healthcare organization’s finances and reputation, but they can also affect a patient’s security and well-being. A provider being locked out of their system and unable to access a patient’s records could be disastrous in an emergency.
To protect against these threats, healthcare organizations should implement a comprehensive cybersecurity and incident response plan. This plan should include the following elements:
Cybersecurity in healthcare is an issue that is not going away and will only increase in importance. A comprehensive cybersecurity plan can help organizations reduce the risk of cyber-attacks and protect their patients and their business.
Stay educated on cyber-health and ensure you have protections to defend your network and keep your practice safe.
Learn more about security and compliance from Rectangle Health.