Hospitals lag other companies in cybersecurity risk ratings

Healthcare IT News

Kat Jercich

A study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association found that hospitals with low cybersecurity ratings were more likely to experience a data breach.

The research, which also compared hospital cybersecurity ratings with Fortune 1000 firms, found that health systems remain statistically more vulnerable to botnets, spam and malware.

"Recent hacking and ransomware attacks may be shifting the security landscape for hospitals, with much larger potential hospital and patient consequences," wrote University of Central Florida's Sung Choi and Vanderbilt University's M. Eric Johnson in the study.

"Ongoing risk assessment is...

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