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2024 Outlook: The cybersecurity trends health system leaders need to know
December 21, 2023
In 2023, cyberattacks on healthcare systems increased, with cybercriminals shifting their focus to smaller, regional providers. These attacks resulted in significant financial costs and operational disruptions, including the suspension of procedures and the shutdown of IT systems. Experts suggest the need for robust cybersecurity measures, transparent communication regarding potential vulnerabilities, and regular updates and patches to avoid software vulnerabilities. Regulations are anticipated to focus on resilience rather than prevention, and healthcare organizations are increasing their budgets to improve cybersecurity capabilities. The potential for increased regulatory enforcement and legal consequences for negligence in preventative measures is predicted to push continued improvement of cybersecurity standards.