Enterprise Security in Healthcare: From Cybercompliance to Cyberconfidence
Author: Jared Rhoads, Richard Staynings
Keeping up with cyber threats can be challenging, but IT security should not hinder an organization’s growth or prevent it from using data assets to improve care delivery, quality and financial performance. With increased vigilance and the right technological tools, it is possible for hospitals and other healthcare organizations to attain confidence in their cybersecurity.
The Global Institute for Emerging Healthcare Practices is the applied research arm of CSC’s Healthcare Group.
To stay ahead of criminals and ensure the protection of patient data, it is critical for organizations to view security not as a routine matter of protecting privacy or confidentiality. Organizations need to conduct a comprehensive risk assessment to combat outside threats, and if necessary, enlist the help of experts such as managed security service providers in order to secure their health IT environment.
Security is complicated, but it need not hinder an organization’s growth or prevent it from using data assets to improve care delivery, quality and financial performance. With increased vigilance and the right technological tools, it is possible for healthcare organizations to attain true cyberconfidence. In this paper, we identify the different types of risks and discuss three of the newest areas in which these risks are present. We discuss how to approach conducting a risk assessment and we discuss the value that managed security service providers can provide. We conclude with five next-generation ideas for your cybersecurity strategy.
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