Transforming Healthcare Cybersecurity from Reactive to Proactive: Current Status and Future Recommendations


The recent rise in cybersecurity breaches in healthcare organizations has put patients’ privacy at a higher risk of being exposed. Despite this threat and the additional danger posed by such incidents to patients’ safety, as well as operational and financial threats to healthcare organizations, very few studies have systematically examined the cybersecurity threats in healthcare. To lay a firm foundation for healthcare organizations and policymakers in better understanding the complexity of the issue of cybersecurity, this study explores the major type of cybersecurity threats for healthcare organizations and explains the roles of the four major players (cyber attackers, cyber defenders, developers, and end-users) in cybersecurity. Finally, the paper discusses a set of recommendations for the policymakers and healthcare organizations to strengthen cybersecurity in their organization.

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Journal of Medical Systems