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2024 Futures Report: Cyber Resilience in Healthcare: LevelBlue

LevelBlue finds 73% of healthcare executives believe computing innovation’s benefits outweigh its cybersecurity risks, while more than half still remain cautious about AI adoption

LevelBlue, a leading provider of managed security services, strategic consulting, and threat intelligence, today released its 2024 Futures Report: Cyber Resilience in Healthcare. The findings reveal how opportunities for technology innovation and the rapid evolution of computing have thrust healthcare organizations into a perpetual struggle between innovation and risk.

The latest LevelBlue report found that 87% of healthcare executives anticipate that dynamic computing will enhance operational performance within the next three years, yet 83% acknowledge an increased exposure to risk. Another 69% of respondents say their healthcare organizations do not specifically invest in cyber resilience beyond cybersecurity, inferring leadership underestimates the harm a major cyber incident, natural disaster, or other man-made event could pose.

However, there are signs of change as 77% of healthcare leaders expect earlier involvement of cybersecurity in computing projects, indicating a shift towards proactive measures. An additional 54% acknowledge they are a cautious or late adopter of artificial intelligence (AI). This trend, coupled with the cautious adoption of AI and a slightly lower concern for risk, suggests a moderate level of preparedness.

“Computing advanced so rapidly that many healthcare leaders now lack crucial visibility into their IT estate,” said Theresa Lanowitz, Chief Evangelist of AT&T Cybersecurity / LevelBlue. “To overcome this challenge, healthcare organizations now have a big task ahead. They need to remain agile, flexible, innovative, cost-effective, and quality-conscious while also meeting external demands of data protection and patient safety. This report identifies key opportunities to overcome the obstacles in achieving both cyber resilience and innovation to thrive among today’s dynamic computing environment.”

Today’s healthcare organizations operate in a climate where a whole hospital system can be taken offline in only a few hours, compromising patient data protection and critical healthcare services. Broadscale cyber resilience is required to effectively recover from network, system, and data interruptions that underpin healthcare delivery. This can include recovery from large-scale distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, business email compromise, and ransomware.

When asked about cybersecurity planning and budgeting within healthcare organizations, the study found:

– Only 38% say cybersecurity is typically included in computing planning with 51% reporting it is included in corporate strategy discussions.
– 73% indicate cybersecurity budgets are reactive rather than proactive, while 42% identify compliance as the driver most likely to unlock the cybersecurity budget.
– 37% are most likely to seek cybersecurity expertise for strategy and planning, but 69% are struggling to find the external guidance they need.
– 76% say that measuring cybersecurity investments based on return on investment (ROI) is outdated while 59% reveal there’s a lack of understanding about cybersecurity at the board level.
– 62% believe cybersecurity is an afterthought in their organizations and 60% confirm efforts are often siloed, hindering comprehensive protection.
– Just 46% of their organizations have a cybersecurity budget line item for every project, while 45% do not have standardized cybersecurity processes – risking patient data and operational integrity.

Based on these findings, LevelBlue recommends five specific steps to achieve cyber resilience, regardless of the industry: identify the barriers to cyber resilience; be secure by design; align cyber investment with business; build a support ecosystem; and transform cybersecurity strategies.

Download the complete findings of the 2024 LevelBlue Futures Report: Cyber Resilience in Healthcare at this link here to learn why balancing innovation and cyber risk are paramount in today’s rapidly evolving healthcare environment. This report follows the May 2024 release of the core 2024 LevelBlue Futures Report found here

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The research is based on a quantitative survey that was carried out by FT Longitude in March 2024. There were a total of 1,050 C-suite and senior executives surveyed, across 18 countries and seven industries: energy and utilities, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, transportation, and US SLED (state, local government, and higher education). Respondents were employed in a variety of cybersecurity-related roles, with 32% working at C-level and the remainder employed in C-minus one positions. The total number surveyed in healthcare is 180.

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