As cybersecurity concerns grow, so does demand for healthcare CISOs

A by-product of healthcare reform and the shift to a ubiquitous digital environment is the increased risk of cybersecurity threats and attacks. These security issues are real, evolving and can happen to any organization, as has been shown time and again over the past several years. Security breaches have become so common that most experts agree that, for healthcare organizations, it’s not a matter of if a breach will happen, but when. Some say the threat will get worse before it gets better in healthcare.

For now the “bad guys” do have the upper hand. Forbes writer Dan Munro called cybersecurity the top story in healthcare last year. Fortunately, healthcare organizations are responding and protecting themselves. The American Hospital Association (AHA) has posted an excellent Cybersecurity Resource Page that describes some of these activities.

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