Why Healthcare Organizations Need an Effective Incident Response Plan

HealthTech Magazine

Tom Stafford

The coronavirus pandemic has challenged healthcare organizations in a variety of ways. Perhaps the most serious of these challenges have come in the security arena. Cybercriminals haven’t taken a break during the crisis; in fact, they’ve scaled up their bad behavior.

The Department of Health and Human Services reported a 50 percent increase in the number of cybersecurity breaches of healthcare networks over the first couple months of the pandemic. Cybercriminals have kept their feet on the gas ever since. A recent report from Black Book Market Research predicts that attacks on the healthcare industry will triple in 2021.

The result is an industry that is having trouble keeping pace with the advances cybercriminals are making. The Black Book research found that 96 percent of IT professionals in healthcare agreed that cybercriminals are outpacing healthcare organizations, leaving them at a disadvantage in responding to vulnerabilities.

Experts cite a number of specific risks:

The growing number of...

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