At the HIMSS23 Healthcare Cybersecurity Forum, Nitin Natarajan, deputy director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, said protecting against escalating cyberattacks is a “joint effort” between government and the private sector.


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Other government and private-sector agencies, from ONC to HC3 to Health-ISAC, can also be key partners in helping health systems bolster their resilience, he said.

CHICAGO – Speaking to a full house at the HIMSS23 Healthcare Cybersecurity Forum on Monday morning, Deputy Director Nitin Natarajan of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency noted that even a few years ago it would have been hard to gather a crowd that size to talk about cybersecurity.

But the events of the past few years, with ransomware debilitating hospitals and health systems around the world and cyberattacks increasing in “frequency, severity and sophistication,” have helped focus the healthcare industry’s attention on a fundamental security challenge – one that’s no longer about data breaches but poses real threats to patient safety.

We’ve “crested the hill,” said Natarajan. Chief information security officers and other IT and infosec leaders are no longer having to “sell the need for cybersecurity” investments to boards and CEOs. Most execs now understand the stakes.

Now it’s time for “tackling the harder challenge of working together,” he said.

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