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Healthcare cybersecurity in 2021: Patient safety in focus, as device challenges remain

SC Magazine

Jessica Davis

A wave of transparency washed over healthcare sector headlines this year, reviving awareness and a concentrated effort on exposing the biggest weaknesses, challenges, and pain points.

A June Congressional meeting saw frontline security leaders admitting the sector just isn’t prepared to face the current scope and sophistication of attacks. At DefCon, chief information security officers from two of the largest health systems shared that there’s simply no way to secure everything in the healthcare network.

From an outside perspective, these acknowledgements would appear revelatory. But healthcare leaders have long understood their assignment: securing the healthcare infrastructure is a mountainous challenge that takes passion to make the right technology moves, while working steadily to gain Congressional support to enact real, impactful change.


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