Getting a handle on the unique challenges of hospital data security

Healthcare IT News

Nathan Eddy

A hospital must manage a traditional IT environment like any other business but faces additional difficulty with two additional environments: Clinical technologies involved in delivering care, and the modern electronic health records system.

"Each presents its own unique security challenges for the modern healthcare delivery organization," said Scope Security CEO Michael Murray, who is scheduled to speak on the topic next month at HIMSS21.

He explained hospitals have the same traditional IT technologies (e.g. laptops, switches, routers, servers, etc.) that all environments have and securing those assets is similar to how that happens everywhere.

But Scope's research shows that, for a given revenue level, healthcare organizations have about 10 times fewer security staff than a traditional financial services organization.

"So, if you have a tool that...

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