With hospitals adding more Internet-connected medical devices and systems, they are also adding new entry points for hackers.
That’s why hospital boards need to ensure they have an understanding of their role in cybersecurity including necessary data breach prevention measures, according to Gerard Nussbaum, director of technology services at consulting firm Kurt Salmon.
“Each of the members of the board of directors has a fiduciary duty to work in the best interests of the organization,” Nussbaum explained to Health IT Security.com. “Board members are there to assure that there is an appropriate system of controls with respect to cybersecurity and that system of controls is working appropriately.”
Nussbaum adds that it is not the board of directors’ role to run cybersecurity, but balance the risks between data security and operational efficiencies.
In the healthcare industry, recent surveys have shown that organizations are not moving quickly enough to involve its boards.
Having regular briefings with management is key to sufficiently be educated on the risks and mitigation actions, according to Nussbaum.
Read about the role cyber liability insurance can play at Health IT Security.com.
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