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  • The Rampant Growth of Cybercrime in Healthcare

    by Samantha Holvey | Mar 20, 2017

    This issue brief summarizes cybersecurity topics that were discussed at multi-stakeholder cybersecurity roundtables convened in November, 2015 and April, 2016 by the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI). In follow-up to a primer published on the anatomy of a cyberattack, this issue brief explores some of the common vulnerabilities of healthcare organizations that are typically exploited by threat adversaries in today’s environment as well as best practices to mitigate these vulnerabilities.

    CYBERCRIME ISSUE BRIEF

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WEDI Releases Healthcare Cybersecurity White Paper Outlining Best Practices to Mitigate Risk

Mar 20, 2017, 17:02 PM

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) has issued a cybersecurity white paper examining health IT vulnerabilities and how stakeholders can mitigate risk in the wake of record data breaches striking the healthcare industry.

WEDI, a Reston, Va.-based nonprofit organization focused on the use of health IT to create efficiencies in healthcare information exchange, developed the white paper, entitled “The Rampant Growth of Cybercrime in Healthcare,” which can found here, in order to examines common vulnerabilities that are typically exploited by cybercriminals in today’s healthcare environment, as well as best practices healthcare organizations can implement to mitigate these vulnerabilities.

According to the paper: “As the use of health IT becomes more widespread, cybersecurity must be more directly integrated into the fabric of healthcare and ultimately become an organizational asset that is perceived as commonplace and mission-critical as hygiene and patient safety procedures have become to quality care. No matter how high the walls that any one organization is able to erect against cybercriminals, the healthcare industry at large must coalesce as a united front to more collectively address how to implement a universal culture of cyberdefense and train a more resilient workforce to mitigate threats.”

To read more, visit Healthcare Informatics.

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