Telemedicine, mobile applications, EHR’s and numerous other technologies are critical to the healthcare industry. While IoT has allowed healthcare to reach patients in new ways, connectivity to the internet has increased in devastating cyber attacks.

To help monitor cybersecurity risks, the Department of Health and Humans Services (HHS) has released the publication Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices (HICP): Managing Threats and Protecting Patients, a game changer that the industry has been awaiting for nearly two years.

The document looks into the current challenges and identifies healthcare-specific vulnerabilities, and details best practices for defending against advanced threats, such as ransomware, loss or theft of equipment or data, and internal malicious activity. Armed with this information, healthcare providers of all sizes are able to improve their approaches to cybersecurity with tried and true strategies encompassing the following areas:

  • E-mail protection systems
  • Endpoint protection systems
  • Access management
  • Data protection and loss prevention
  • Asset management
  • Network management
  • Vulnerability management
  • Incident response
  • Medical device security
  • Cybersecurity policies

Cybersecurity has become an essential part of healthcare in the modern age, when IT assets means protecting not only data, but also the physical well being of patients.

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