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On Guard for Cyber Attacks

By Rick Pollack
May 19, 2017

The recent worldwide ransomware attack proves just how important cybersecurity is for hospitals. While many entities around the world saw their operations temporarily crippled by the attack, thankfully, few U.S. hospitals were successfully breached. That speaks to the tremendous efforts the field has made to improve cybersecurity and build incident response capabilities.

The AHA worked closely with HHS, as well as the White House, the FBI, and the FDA in response to this... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity

By AHA STAT Staff
April 27, 2017

America’s hospital and health systems must be prepared to battle viruses every day – and that includes the malicious malware viruses attacking hospital computers, networks, and connected devices.

While no economic sector is immune from attacks, criminals increasingly seek to infiltrate critical hospital infrastructure and information systems. The hospital and health system field’s treasure trove of financial and personal data makes it a high-value target of cybercriminals.

The... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Cybersecurity

Staying Ahead of Cybersecurity Risks

By Rick Pollack
April 8, 2016

America’s hospital caregivers battle viruses every day – but lately, we’re hearing more about the malicious malware viruses attacking hospital computers, networks, and connected devices. While no economic sector is immune from attacks, criminals increasingly seek to infiltrate critical hospital infrastructure and information systems. The AHA and hospital leaders take these cybersecurity challenges seriously because protecting patients and their personal data is a 24-7, year-round... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity and You

By Rich Umbdenstock
November 21, 2014

Think cybersecurity is somebody else’s problem? Think again. We are just beginning to realize the promise of networked information technologies to improve patient quality and safety and bring efficiencies to our business systems. But with those opportunities come vulnerabilities to theft and threats to the security of personal data for patients and employees, billing records, even the function of medical devices. If you are a hospital trustee or executive, it’s imperative that you... read more

Tag: Cybersecurity

A Mission to Promote Health Also Means Promoting Safety

By Chantal Worzala
October 8, 2014

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, but protecting hospital and health system information from cyberattack is a year-round, 24-7 responsibility.  That’s why hospital leaders take cybersecurity threats seriously.

We know hospitals are implementing important cybersecurity measures such as encrypting networks and workstations. Many hospitals conduct an annual threat assessment and work to identify vulnerabilities through extensive penetration testing.  These efforts... read more

Tag: Cybersecurity
 

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