RT Vol XII Chap 6: The Healthcare Cybersecurity Challenge
From the Book: The Refractive Thinker® Vol XII: CYBERSECURITY


Cybersecurity in healthcare is the same as cybersecurity in other industries; except when it is not. Any cybersecurity professional can describe the technologies and methods used to protect information technology service and sensitive data. However, a healthcare cybersecurity professional can also describe conditions unique to their industry, articulate threats to their business, and prioritize cybersecurity efforts. These unique conditions and threats also guide executive decisions about investment of limited resources to minimize both business risk and patient safety.
Healthcare industry professional face evolving medical technology, new regulatory requirements, and they operate in challenging economic conditions. Armed knowledge of cybersecurity drivers, professionals can make investment decisions that balance healthcare business risks and patient safety needs. Failing to make careful and thoughtful decisions may cause financial damage or worse; a security breach may result the death of a patient. Business executives and cybersecurity professionals govern cybersecurity programs. However, healthcare executives who become refractive thinkers look beyond traditional technologies and practices to integrate knowledge of the total cybersecurity landscape in innovative ways to minimize risk to their organization’s assets and the safety of the lives entrusted to their care.
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