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What all medical group leaders must know about cybersecurity

July 28, 2017

    Uninformed providers and frontline staff pose a cybersecurity risk to your organization. As an industry, health care experiences the second-highest rate of cyber incidents (after the finance and insurance industry).

    To put things in perspective: the CIO of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) estimates the department faces "500 million cyber hack attempts each week." Further, the WannaCry ransomware of May 2017 infected computers and networks around the world, causing significant harm to leading hospitals and clinics.

    With all these threats, health care organizations have made substantial progress when it comes to maintaining rigorous IT security. But for most leaders—particularly medical group leaders—more work remains. Here's why: Email and internet remain the most likely vectors for a cyberattack, which makes frontline providers and staff among the primary weaknesses in your IT network's security.

    Here are seven things clinical leaders need to know about their role in preventing a cyberattack from affecting their practices and patients:

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