In 2017, the number of breaches in cybersecurity was at an alarming rate in the healthcare industry. During this time, healthcare organizations were focused on utilizing spending elsewhere, with only 75 percent of such organizations planning to spend just six percent of their IT budgets on cybersecurity.
So where was the healthcare industry going to be in 2018 in terms of cybersecurity, and just how much worse would it get?
To the shock of many, it looks like cybersecurity is actually showing promising developments in the way we track breaches - which is also lowering. One major problem still exists however, and that is the finding the right people to successfully manage cybersecurity within the healthcare industry. A US Department of Health and Human Services 2017 report found that due to the lack of competitive salaries, staffing woes have not improved. The report also went on to explain that three in every four organizations are operating without a designated Information Security (InfoSec) leader.
While risky and nerve-wrecking, healthcare providers have shifted to outsourcing security measurements to a qualified third-party to form and 24/7 Security/Network Operation Center and cloud-based security services. However, although it can be difficult to give someone else that control in you organization, you are more likely to get better
results by letting someone more capable of performing these tasks have a handle on things, rather than hiring and training from within.
It's also worth noting that even thought the biggest news stories happen from large organization show experience a security breach, hackers see more value in smaller and easier targets as it is looked at as an easier way to gain information.
The most important thing is for healthcare organizations to continue to improve and learn from the cybersecurity research and information. Because as we adapt to make things better, hackers are also doing the same.