To maintain uptime after cyberattacks, healthcare organizations require robust incident response plans, backup strategies and training such as tabletop exercises, experts say.

April 25, 2024
by Brian T. Horowitz

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Healthcare organizations must plan for network outages, possible electronic health record downtime and outages of vital medical systems if a surprise ransomware attack, such as a vishing or a man-in-the-middle attack, occurs.

Errol Weiss, chief security officer at the Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Health-ISAC), says that organizations have shifted from simply preventing attacks to detecting and responding to them as part of a cyber resilience effort.

“It’s the monitoring, speed to action and response to mitigation,” Weiss says. “That is what matters today.”

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