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Healthcare Supply Chain the Weak Link for Security

Supply and Demand Chain Executive

David Finn

While a complex undertaking, leaders must take time to understand where the systems’ weaknesses lie and ensure vendors also prioritize security and data privacy because in today’s hyper-connected world, we’re only as good as our weakest link

When the supply chain makes headlines, it usually isn’t good news. Hospitals and health systems scrambled to find new sources of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies as the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spiraled out of control and unearthed critical shortages. In addition to the rationing of mission-critical supplies and sourcing from unvetted vendors, healthcare leaders also began contending with another nefarious challenge—hackers trying to infiltrate via the supply chain.

Recent research has uncovered that the healthcare supply chain is a major offender in terms of not meeting key national cybersecurity standards. To illustrate the severity of the problem, the FBI issued three separate alerts earlier this year about increased attacks on the supply chain, which penetrated hospital network systems across the globe “through vendor software supply chain and hardware products.”

Healthcare providers have

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