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Smart Cyber Defenses Demand a Strategic Approach and Recognized Best Practices

Healthcare executives are facing significant cybersecurity challenges. This is due to the highly digitized industry landscape, as well as healthcare’s larger attack surface compared to other industries.

In the meantime, cyberattacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated and strategic. These often involve organized criminals and cyber gangs that are highly trained, well-funded, and sometimes even protected by foreign governments.

Healthcare organizations face ongoing threats from phishing schemes, vulnerability exploits, and third-party involvement in breaches.

Inadequate technology and controls in place to manage healthcare’s attack surface is exposing organizations to unnecessary risks impacting patient data and operations. It is critical for organizations to continue improving prevention strategies, setting and meeting transparency and automation goals, streamlining real-time communication efforts, conducting risk analysis, and staying out of negative media headlines after news of a breach takes hold.

In this whitepaper, Kelvin Dickenson, Senior Vice President, Risk and Compliance, SAI360, explains how and why healthcare is an ideal cyber risk target, what the recent data breach landscape looks like, and how ransomware attacks can negatively impact organizational effectiveness and public health and safety.

Additionally, this whitepaper explores:

  • A brief snapshot of ongoing regulatory shifts
  • Why standards and frameworks can help organizations address IT security issues head-on
  • How to keep up to date on security awareness—an ongoing and ever-evolving process
  • What an informed, engaged, and calculated approach looks like in action
  • How SAI360 supports companies with their health information technology risk management needs and concerns
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