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Why hospitals struggle with cybersecurity: ‘We aren’t doing the basics’

July 11, 2024
chiefhealthcareexecutive
Contributed by: Drex DeFord
Summary
Wes Wright, chief healthcare officer at cybersecurity firm Ordr, discusses the critical gaps in hospitals' cybersecurity practices. With extensive experience in healthcare IT, he emphasizes that many organizations are failing at fundamental practices such as network segmentation and having an accurate inventory of connected devices. Hospitals are suffering from ransom attacks, partly due to flat networks that allow extensive damage from single breaches. Wright highlights the need for multi-factor authentication and federal support to help hospitals meet cybersecurity standards, especially for smaller institutions struggling to cover basic expenses. He advocates for better segmentation of systems to minimize the impact of inevitable human errors.
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