Small hospitals are being targeted by cybercriminals, and they may not even know it. A recent meta-analysis of data breaches (PDF), which ran in this website’s sister publication, The American Journal of Managed Care®, found that 37 percent of small and 36 percent of medium-sized hospitals had suffered at least one data breach from 2009 to 2016. Yet a group of researchers questioned these findings, noting that smaller hospitals often lack the cybersecurity resources to detect data breaches.
This means the problem could be even larger. IT security pros at community or smaller regional hospitals have difficulty getting the privacy and security resources and financial support they need to comply with the healthcare industry’s stringent regulations. This makes it harder to prevent and detect security incidents. How can organizations with lean IT teams gain certified compliance and security know-how to keep patient data safer?