5 Ways Security Incident Response Benefits Healthcare Teams

Health Tech Magazine

Mikela Lea

We are trained from a young age to know what to do if our house is on fire. Simple educational messaging, reinforced over time, conditions a universal response that can save lives.

But when it comes to a healthcare cybersecurity event, reactive measures too often remain an afterthought or are not properly documented. These oversights put everyone at risk by causing confusion that can delay critical action when seconds count.

I’m reminded of a hospital that recently faced a minor ransomware attack. Fortunately, IT staffers were able to spot the intrusion, but the absence of a clear procedure prevented a timely response, which allowed the attack to affect half of the organization’s network.

The lapses are understandable — or, at least, they used to be. Cybersecurity teams have long focused on preventive measures, but they must now anticipate a breach of some kind due to the growing sophistication of threat actors and operating environments.

Simply put, we must train ourselves to smell smoke and safely evacuate.

To be ready, healthcare organizations should develop...

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