Healthcare Executives Make Predictions for 2023

The beginning of a new year means it's time to take a step back and assess the state of things. HealthCare Business News went around the healthcare industry to find out what executive leaders had to say about the lessons from 2022 and what we can expect in 2023.

Here are some of the responses we received... 

Dave Bailey

The past year saw many advances and hurdles in cybersecurity and privacy, and 2023 is sure to hold even more. Healthcare’s growing reliance on the supply chain and integrated medical devices, for example, is directly correlated to increased vulnerabilities. As the number of connected devices has grown exponentially, so has the size of the attack surface the adversary can exploit – a trend on track to continue. The time to address risk is not at the patient bedside, and all involved entities should start recognizing their shared responsibility to protect their patients. In 2023, every stakeholder must ensure appropriate and reasonable safeguards are in place – from the manufacturer designing products using secure system lifecycle practices to the business associate demonstrating recognized security practices, and partners and providers assessing risk as part of the decision and lifecycle of the medical device.

Ransomware attacks have also been a significant issue, shifting them to the top of the priority list for the coming year. The threat actors targeting healthcare are highly capable, financially motivated, and have successfully extorted and disrupted the industry to the tune of multiple billions of dollars. In the face of this rising vulnerability and ransomware trajectory, organizations can future-proof by focusing on user awareness, protection of identities (passwords, multifactor authentication, and privilege access management), continuous detection and response, and continuous risk analysis and management. While there will never be an easy button to stop cyberattacks, learning from the experiences from the past year is critical to prepare for what might come next.


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CynergisTek, Inc.

CynergisTek is a top-ranked cybersecurity consulting firm dedicated to serving the information assurance needs of healthcare. CynergisTek offers specialized services and solutions to help organizations achieve privacy, security, and compliance goals. The company has been recognized by KLAS in the 2016 and 2018 Cybersecurity reports as a top performing firm in healthcare cybersecurity, as well as the 2017 Best in KLAS winner for Cybersecurity Advisory Services.

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