When a cyberattack occurs, the whole hospital is our patient

cybersecurity breach responding to cyberattacks

Health care organizations are under attack. Vicious threats like ransomware can significantly disrupt or even shut down clinical and business operations at a moment’s notice. While the implications of cyberattacks are often unknown to health care leaders, clinicians, and staff, they are used to handling critical incidents in patient care. Luckily, the process for handling a cyber incident is nearly the same.

This graphic details how the steps in responding to a clinical crisis mirror one of the most widely used cyber response methods, the SANS Institute’s PICERL approach: preparation, identification, containment, eradication, recovery, lessons learned. By relating information security tactics to patient care, everyone can get on the same page and work together.

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