Prognosis For Healthcare Cybersecurity Is Dire

On Wednesday (April 5), Terence Rice, VP and chief information security officer at Merck & Co., told the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce that healthcare cybersecurity still has a long way to go.

“Cybersecurity in the healthcare industry is far worse than what is reported,” Rice stated.

Despite the fact that the healthcare industry was named as the single most attacked industry by the 2016 IBM Cyber Security Intelligence Index, Rice said that the media continues to underreport the security risks facing healthcare.

Rice’s testimony in front of the House Committee laid out the following issues facing the healthcare industry when it comes to cybersecurity: concerns about reputational damage, the strained cybersecurity resources of smaller businesses, the security risk of increasingly portable healthcare information and more opportunities for attacks due to an increase in software usage across the healthcare space.


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