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Editor's e-Note
As we reported in March, health care cybersecurity is of the utmost importance. It’s a topic that gets a lot of attention when there’s a data breach, but how often do health care organizations think about it? Not often enough, apparently. This month’s e-News Exclusive lists some reasons why providers need to take cybersecurity more seriously and how they can learn more about it.

— Dave Yeager, editor
e-News Exclusive
Health Care Organizations Don’t Pay Enough Attention to Cybersecurity

Solving the problem of cybersecurity in health care will require public-private collaboration and transparency. That was the message delivered by Terence M. Rice, vice president and chief information security officer at Merck & Co, Inc, in testimony before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on April 4.

“Cybersecurity in the health care industry is far worse than what is reported,” Rice says.

Citing the 2016 IBM Cyber Security Intelligence Index, which deemed health care the single most attacked industry, Rice listed many reasons media reports underrepresent the risk faced by the industry. These include organizational concerns about reputational damage, the presence of smaller businesses with limited resources that allow them to deal only with basic cybersecurity issues, increased security risk due to the portability of health care information, and increased opportunities for attack due to the proliferation of software in the health care ecosystem.

Rice’s testimony identified existing initiatives that may provide a foundation for greater health care cybersecurity. These include the following:

• the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Sector Coordinating Council, which regularly discusses cybersecurity developments;

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