How provider organizations can prepare cybersecurity incident response and recovery

When it comes to building cybersecurity protections around a healthcare provider organization’s network and systems, there is no such thing as a foolproof defense. Often it is not a question of if but when a cybercriminal will break in.

As a result, it is critical that every provider organization, big or small, have an incident response and recovery plan created and tested. That way, if a security breach does happen, the organization will be prepared to minimize damage and respond to the community.

At the HIMSS Healthcare Security Forum in Boston next month, a panel of experts will be addressing this subject in a session entitled “Incident Response & Recovery,” December 9, 2019, 1:45 p.m. to 2:25 p.m. at the Westin Copley Place hotel in the Essex Ballroom.

Here, two of the panel members, experts in healthcare cybersecurity, discuss pressing issues surrounding incident response and recovery in a preview of their discussion December 9.

An almost inevitable problem

A cyberattack unfortunately almost is inevitable in today’s environment of rogue nation-states and organized crime syndicates operating from parts of the world that lack effective law enforcement or international extradition treaties, said Richard Staynings, chief security strategist at Cylera, a healthcare cybersecurity AI-driven technology vendor. He has served on the International HIMSS Privacy and Cybersecurity Committee, where he has assisted hundreds of health systems globally in their cybersecurity risk management transformation efforts.

“Other than the rendition of the very worst offenders, or meaningful consequences for rogue governments engaged in international criminal activity, there is very little to dissuade perpetrators from continuing their attacks,” he explained. “All evidence indicates that attacks are increasing in frequency, intensity and damage at the current time.”

 Prepare for next-gen cybersecurity threats and join the #HITsecurity discussion at the HIMSS Healthcare Security Forum this Dec. 9-10 in Boston.

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