As the fear of ransomware attacks continues to rise, more healthcare organizations are struggling to find CIOs who possess the right skills and understanding of the threat landscape to effectively manage cyber risks. But healthcare organizations need to remember that they’re not alone in this fight. From advice on how to find a good CIO to industry experts and next-generation tools, there’s a wealth of knowledge to help improve not only cybersecurity defenses, incident response, and data loss, but to also help with achieving compliance. Continue reading for more on the latest in health IT news.
Memory Forensics: What is it?
Memory forensics, an essential piece of cybersecurity and critical step to incident response, preserves evidence in volatile memory and uncovers malware and other attack-related artifacts from memory. Now more than ever, improving incident response time is critical with ransomware attacks on the rise, and according to experts at cybersecurity firm Forcepoint, effective response requires an understanding of the tools available to reveal the location and nature of malicious code. Read the full story here.
Is Cyber Risk Systemic?
According to a recent report conducted by AIG, 90 percent of respondents do believe that cyber risk is capable of impacting many companies at once. The AIG report also identified which industries it believes are most vulnerable to cyber attacks. The healthcare industry was fourth in their top five. Read the full story here.
Good CIO’s are Hard to Find
Healthcare companies today are struggling to find the right Chief Information Officers (CIOs) to manage risk as more and more sophisticated cyber attacks emerge. Gail Evans, chief information officer at consulting firm Mercer LLC, believes CIOs must encompass the right mix of executive experience and technical skills. “They need to be senior enough, confident enough, able to handle both the strategy and tactical nature of the role so I can get out of their way,” she said. “I want someone who’s been in an attack and won’t freeze.” Read the full story here.
What’s on Your To-Do List?
Harvard Business Review (HBR) recently outlined the top eleven things that the healthcare industry must do to improve cybersecurity. Starting with the well-known fact that the healthcare sector is one of the most vulnerable to cyber attacks, Rebecca Weintraub and Joram Borenstein identify key steps to mitigate these gaps in data and information security. From addressing the human factors that affect data security to protecting supply, Weintraub and Borenstein offer a comprehensive prescription for healthcare organizations. You can read all their tips and strategies here.