Top Six Actions to Manage Hospital Cybersecurity Risks

February 4, 2016

Geri Aston

A breakdown of the top ways to maintain cybersecurity management includes thorough and consistent response plan testing and review.

1. Establish procedures and a core cybersecurity team to identify and mitigate risks, including board involvement as appropriate.

2. Develop a cybersecurity investigation and incident response plan that is mindful of the Cybersecurity Framework being drafted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

3. Investigate the medical devices used by the hospital in accordance with the June 2013 FDA guidance to ensure that the devices include intrusion detection and prevention assistance and are not currently infected with malware.

4. Review, test, evaluate and modify, as appropriate, the hospital’s incident response plans and data breach plans to ensure that the plans remain as current as possible in the changing cyber threat environment.

5. Consider engaging in regional or national information-sharing organizations to learn more about the cybersecurity risks faced by hospitals.

6. Review the hospital’s insurance coverage to determine whether the current coverage is adequate and appropriate given cybersecurity risks.