What is cyber resilience and how should healthcare organizations approach it?

Cloud computing offers a pay-as-you-go pricing model, allowing organizations to pay only for the resources they consume and avoid upfront investments in hardware and infrastructure. This cost-efficiency allows organizations to more effectively allocate their IT budgets and invest in other cybersecurity initiatives to increase their overall cyber resilience.

Additionally, cloud-based data processing enables real-time collaboration and flexibility by providing access to data and applications anywhere, at any time, on any device. This flexibility allows healthcare organizations to quickly adapt to changing business needs, quickly respond to cyber threats and make informed decisions based on real-time data insights, increasing their overall cyber resilience.

Processing data in the cloud offers numerous benefits for increasing cyber resilience, including scalability, redundancy, security controls, disaster recovery capabilities, cost efficiency and flexibility. By leveraging these benefits, organizations can strengthen their defenses against cyber threats and ensure the continuity and availability of their data processing operations in the face of evolving cybersecurity challenges.

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Tips to improve the cyber resilience of healthcare organizations

Healthcare organizations should begin the process of creating a robust cyber resilience strategy by evaluating the organization’s current resilience and recovery capabilities. IT teams must identify strengths, weaknesses and areas for improvement as a basis for strategic planning.

However, healthcare organizations cannot tackle this process alone. Partnering with trusted experts who can validate and support the organization’s cyber resilience initiatives is critical. Organizations should look for vendors or consultants like CDW with proven experience in cybersecurity, disaster recovery, and business continuity planning.

The organization should establish a dedicated governance committee composed of key stakeholders from across the organization. This committee will drive initiatives, ensure alignment with business objectives, and oversee the adoption of cyber resilience measures.

Additionally, integrating a recognized cybersecurity framework such as the NIST Cybersecurity Framework or the Center for Internet Security’s 18 Critical Security Controls into organizational planning gives the security team the benefit of comprehensive guidance and best practices for effectively managing cybersecurity risks.

Healthcare organizations should also develop short- and long-term roadmaps for implementing cyber resilience measures. Include recurring validation activities to assess progress, identify gaps, and ensure maximum adoption and operational efficiency over time.

It is also recommended that organizations prioritize data categorization and application rationalization as part of their backup and recovery strategies. This ensures that critical data and applications are appropriately protected and can be recovered in the event of a cyber incident.

Finally, organizations must ensure they have sufficient staff with the necessary expertise to deploy and manage new cyber resilience initiatives. You may also consider using external vendors for professional or managed services to complement in-house capabilities and resources.

By following these tips, healthcare organizations can strengthen their cyber resilience, mitigate risks and ensure the continuity of their operations in the face of evolving cyber threats.

This article is part of HealthTech‘S Monitor blog series.