Hospitals' latest cybersecurity threat: Burned out healthcare workers

Over the past two years, COVID-19 has pushed hospitals and healthcare systems to their breaking points, flooding beds and demanding daily personal sacrifices from critical healthcare workers. Each resurgence has served as a reminder of the critical nature of our healthcare infrastructure – and its need to be consistently resilient.

Although some of COVID-19's worst health outcomes appear to be tapering off, with new cases and patient deaths declining despite legitimate worries over new variants, a long-gestating issue is coming into sharper focus: Burned out from dealing with the never-ending pandemic, healthcare workers and leaders are inadvertently opening the door to a new wave of dangerous cybersecurity threats.

In this article Thomas Graham, Chief Information Security Officer for CynergisTek discusses healthcare workers and the current climent. 

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Thomas Graham

Dr. Thomas Graham serves as the CISO for CynergisTek, a top healthcare cybersecurity company based in Austin, TX. Prior to CynergisTek, he supported the Defense Health Agency in a variety of roles, where his team received a FedHealthIT award for innovation presented at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. He currently holds a PhD in Information Assurance and Security, and an MBA. Thomas has received CISSP and HCISPP designations, along with other industry-recognized certifications. Thomas also serves on the MIS advisory board for East Carolina University, was part of an IoT panel discussion at the 2016 National Cyber Conference in Birmingham, AL, and has recently presented at the 2019 ISC2 Security Congress and was part of another panel discussion at the 2019 QSC conference.

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