There is a lot of information out there about cyber security best practices and how they relate to the healthcare industry. So much, in fact, that it can be difficult to stay on top of what's good information and what's outdated information.
When best practices become outdated, they tend to become vulnerabilities. It used to seem like enough to employ password protection, two-factor identification, and to backup your mission-critical data regularly. But hackers are constantly becoming more sophisticated. As long as there is money to be made by stealing your organizational data, they will continuously evolve their techniques to acquire that data.
The major takeaway from the following article that I'd like to point out is this: don't get comfortable. Your solutions to data security have a short shelf life and need to be continuously improved.
Check out the 5 misconceptions healthcare CIOs need to address for better cyber security:
Cyber-crimes are at an all-time high and will continue to rise in popularity for as long as organizations adopt a passive approach to online security.
While some healthcare organizations look at cyber security as a “back burner”, the hacking industry is evolving to the point where anyone can become a successful hacker. An aspiring cyber-criminal can buy a full-fledged exploit kit for as little as $3,000. A kit like this does most of the work automatically—deploying various breaching tactics until it finds a vulnerability. The more experienced hackers are more creative in their approach, using social engineering, trickery, and other breaching technology to get hold of your data.