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Health care cyber security is critical issue for 2017

By Amy Thomas in Industry Trends Posted January 30, 2017

Trend reports for 2017 are predicting greater emphasis on cyber security, particularly in health care, which could drive technology equipment and software needs.

The threat of ransomware to health care organizations, for example, is more real than ever. Ransomware is when cybercriminals attack a system and hold it for ransom. Healthcare Informatics has reported on security breaches resulting in full shutdowns of electronic health records systems and clinical information systems.

Consumer data company Experian also is predicting that health care will be a top target for cyberattacks in 2017, and more than 90% of health care industry lawyers think health care is at a greater risk of data breaches than other sectors.

“Organizations can’t wait until an attack happens to ensure they are protected – they need to look at the signs early on to start preparing for new types of security threats,” states the report.

In response to the rise of incidents, government spending on cyber security is expected to increase to somewhere in the billions by 2019, whether through legislation or more standard security controls, writes Tech Republic.

Ransomware attacks grew quickly, because the attacks are "cheap to operate, and many organizations are not yet applying the proper analysis and decision-making to appropriately defend against this threat,” said Adam Meyer, chief security strategist at SurfWatch Labs, which analyzes large data sets to help companies identify cyber threats. “2017 will be the year of increasingly creative (hacks).”

When capital is constrained, financing can be used to acquire:

  • Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
  • Electronic Health Records (EHR)
  • Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS)
  • Practice Management Systems
  • Hospital Information Systems (HIS)

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