Our October 29, 2020 blog discussed the number and severity of recent ransomware attacks on the healthcare and public health sectors. Only weeks later, cyber-attacks have again increased dramatically. Published analyses of the primary vulnerabilities and new Cyber-crime predictions for 2021 indicate the need for additional actions. These actions include improving the hardening of systems, networks and access, updated continuity plans and the continued reduction in the numbers and types of threat vectors. A few of the recent facts uncovered regarding healthcare and public health sector threats:
Blackbook Research provides survey results that included 2,464 security professionals from 705 provider organizations:
Beckers Hospital Review and Blackbook research: Cybersecurity positions in health systems on average take up to 70 percent longer to fill than other IT jobs. Health systems are struggling to find employees with cybersecurity-related skills and on average take about 118 days to fill job positions, which is almost three times as high as the national average for other industries
Some recommendations that represent best practices for leading healthcare providers and businesses in the public health sector:
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