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Cybersecurity recommendations for healthcare that won't break the bank

July 17, 2019 / Makenzie Holland

The key to implementing healthcare cybersecurity best practices is to start small, according to Erik Decker, chief security and privacy officer for University of Chicago Medicine. A federal task group of cybersecurity experts and leaders spent two years working with healthcare organizations to craft a list of cybersecurity best practices. "Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices: Managing Threats and Protecting Patients (HICP)," released in Dec. 2018, is a cybersecurity handbook that lists basic tools and practices healthcare organizations should use. The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and KLAS Research wanted to assess how aligned healthcare organizations are with the HICP cybersecurity recommendations. They found that most healthcare organizations, regardless of size, have established initial layers of defense against cyberattacks such as endpoint protection systems, but that smaller healthcare organizations are less likely to follow cyberse...