Cybersecurity resources and education available for hospitals

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The National Rural Health Resource Center has released the Cybersecurity Toolkit for Rural Hospitals and Clinics. The toolkit is a free online resource to help rural hospitals with the ever-increasing threat of cybercrime. Resources included are sophisticated and detailed risk assessment tools, board education documents and educational materials for protecting all computers, whether at work or home.

Another option for cybercrime education is a webinar the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations (SDAHO) is offering on March 15 from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Participants will learn how to defend against cyberattacks and how to respond in the event an attack should occur. Click here for more details and to register.

Cybercrime has resulted in 392 data breach incidents reported to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) during a two-year period between Dec. 30, 2015 and Dec. 15, 2017. The reported breach incidents affected over 17 million patients.