Has healthcare misdiagnosed the cybersecurity problem?

August 7, 2017


Take a cursory look at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) wall of data breach shame and you might be scratching your head: Why does the healthcare sector seem so disproportionately victimized by hackers and cybercriminals? Why do its defenses seem so much weaker than those of other industries?

For the most part, the healthcare industry has misdiagnosed the cybersecurity problem.

Most senior leadership in healthcare is medically trained with a clinical background in an industry built on such noble concepts as “do no harm” and forward-thinking practices like evidence-based medicine.

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