Are You Prepared for a Cybersecurity Attack?


79 Percent of Healthcare Professionals are Concerned About the Cybersecurity of Their Own Personal Data

That’s right! According to a recent survey conducted at the HIMSS18 conference in Las Vegas earlier this March, most of the healthcare professionals polled remain confident regarding their own organization’s cybersecurity protocols despite apprehensions connected with their own healthcare information and general healthcare infrastructure. The survey found that 79 percent of healthcare professionals admitted they are concerned about the cyber security of their own healthcare information. Yet despite this, 68 percent believe their organizations are doing enough to protect patient privacy and personal information from cyber attackers.

The survey also found that 87 percent of respondents are concerned that the reliability and availability of critical healthcare infrastructure could be compromised by cyber attacks.

Would you know what to do if someone hacked your system or hit your organization with ransomware?

Likely, you’d go online and start searching for resources and response advice. You’d ask peers if they’ve ever experienced a cybersecurity event and how they responded; then, finally, you would likely engage an outside security expert to see what you could and should do next. Most IT security experts will ask: when was your last Risk Assessment done and what was the outcome; do you have a business continuity and/or disaster response plan and move forward from there. If you’ve not given significant thought to these critical security items, you should.

Nobody wants to think that their practice would be targeted – after all, as a small business, who’d really take the time, right? WRONG! We’d all like to think that no one would bother with hacking us, but the fact is, the threat to large and small businesses is real. The days of sticking your head in the sand and hoping for the best are over.

There is a high likelihood that you will face some type of a cybersecurity breach or attack at some point, so, what can you do about it?

BE PREPARED. It’s not just the Boy Scout motto; it’s the best thing you can do.

Check out this host of resources that can provide assistance as you prepare for the worst… and hope for the best.