How COVID-19 exposed provider cybersecurity gaps

Medical Economics

Dan L. Dodson

Where do we go from here?

In a year of constant hurdles for healthcare organizations, count cybersecurity as one of the highest. Long targeted for their rich data and lack of mature security programs, such organizations were stretched thin in all areas during the first pandemic surge, and that posture improved only slightly during the rest of the year. Bad actors saw the pandemic for what it was: a perfect opportunity.

There is an upside though. The cybersecurity situation in 2020 highlighted the need for hospitals and health systems to get back to security fundamentals, something often unwisely ignored. Remote work arrangements and telehealth visits led to better security solutions and long-needed policies around email and device security....

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