BMN Blog

OCT 30


National Cybersecurity Awareness Month was created in 2004 by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance to remind us that each we all have the power to make the Internet safer.


“While the speed at which technology moves can expose us to new risks online, it also enables a level of cooperation that can make us more resilient to cyber threats,” says FBI Cyber Division Assistant Director Matt Gorham. “National Cybersecurity Awareness Month isn’t just about understanding the risks, but also emphasizing our collective power to combat them.” 


The FBI coordinates closely with the private sector as well as with state, local, and international partners to anticipate cyber threats and pursue cyber criminals.


Recently, the FBI’s work has resulted in the conviction of a cyber criminal who tried to access university databases to commit fraud and identity theft, charges against a North Korean regime-backed programmer, and 74 arrests in the United States and overseas of members of a transnational criminal network participating in business email compromise schemes.

“We can’t prevent every attack, or punish every hacker,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said. “But we can build on our capabilities. We can strengthen our partnerships and our defenses. We can get better at exchanging information to identify the telltale signs that may help us link cyber criminals to their crimes. And we can impose a variety of costs on criminals who think they can hide in the shadows of cyber space.”


During National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, make a point to learn more about what you can do to understand current cyber threats and combat them.


How does this affect Healthcare? According to a 2016 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey:


80 percent of providers have experienced one or more significant security incidents. Smaller organizations with fewer than 1,000 employees are 1.5 times more likely to have an attack than a larger one.


77 percent of providers identify phishing as a top threat. Detect, protect, and respond with awareness, education and readiness.


67 percent of providers identify viruses and malware as a top threat. Attack vectors include phishing and drive by downloads.


What can your healthcare organization do?

  1. Regularly conduct accurate and thorough risk assessments.
  2. Encrypt data at rest and in motion
  3. Use multi-factor authentication
  4. Secure all wireless communications
  5. Educate the workforce about good actions and decisions that positively impact the organization’s security posture.
  6. Cultivate corporate culture to embrace cybersecurity as a business enabler for the organization.
  7. Be prepared for natural and man-made disasters.
  8. If you see something say something, Liaise with law enforcement.
  9. Train and Test your employees with regularly scheduled Cyber Security Awareness training events. Invite them to participate and give their feedback on policy and ease of use.

We can’t just think about this issue during Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The cybersecurity war is fought every day in our healthcare world. Our job as administrators, employees and your IT support are to protect your organization, your patients, and your data. It takes all of us working with our IT support to prevent, detect and protect our data.


Ron Prevatte is director of sales for Integrated Solutions.



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