Hospital Cybersecurity Ratings Catch Up to Other Industries

Health IT Security

Jill McKeon

Healthcare organizations maintain valuable protected health information (PHI) that make them prime targets for ransomware attacks, but hospital cybersecurity ratings historically lag behind most other industries.

While hospitals achieved significantly lower cybersecurity ratings from 2014 to 2016 compared to Fortune 1000 firms, healthcare providers have been slowly closing the gap ever since, according to a study published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

By 2017, researchers found that the gap in cybersecurity ratings compared to other industries was no longer statistically significant.

“The reduction in the gap in security rating suggests that healthcare providers are catching up to the general cybersecurity performance of large, publicly traded firms,” the study explained.

However, hospitals remain...

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