Planning for Incident Response During the COVID-19 Crisis: Tales on Tackling The Security Debt

The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting healthcare. Clinicians involved in non-elective care are preparing for a tsunami of patients while at the same time furloughing staff who provided electives services. Outside of the clinical setting, direct support staff is still working on-site to stock critical supplies while clinical engineering is ensuring all medical devices are repaired and available for use.

Unless organizations take action to adjust to the new fabric, it should be clear that a serious security or privacy incident during this COVID-19 pandemic could be catastrophic. This bad outcome is not certain if organizations take action before a serious event occurs. The following checklist is a non-exhaustive look at steps that can be taken now so that healthcare organizations will be better prepared to respond and recover.

This checklist was put together by a team of our experts to help organizations plan for an incident response during the COVID-19 crisis. They discuss 30/60/90 day planning around privacy and security.

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