Mark Keelan

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The evolution of cybersecurity as it relates to healthcare in the United States is by most standards in its infancy, but this situation is changing quickly. The industry is scrambling to shore up defenses as cyberattacks and breaches increase. Very few people, if asked twenty years ago, would have predicted that stolen medical records would be such a massive criminal enterprise. The rapid expansion of EHR/EMR has created an unparalleled opportunity for criminal fraud and abuse. A recent Ponemon study found that the healthcare industry has the highest breach costs of any industry at $363 per stolen record. Cybersecurity personnel are tasked with the onerous and difficult job of protecting both the core network and departmental systems found in healthcare operations. This is particularly true in multidisciplinary and multi-location healthcare facilities. Historically,... (more)