97% of healthcare attorneys project more involvement in cybersecurity going forward: 3 takeaways

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Most healthcare attorneys see cybersecurity becoming a more prevalent issue in the healthcare space, a nationwide survey found, according to Health System Management.

Bloomberg Law and the American Health Lawyers Associations conducted the survey, which polled almost 300 healthcare attorneys.

 

Here are three takeaways:

 

1. Almost all of attorneys (97 percent) said they expect to be increasingly involved in cybersecurity matters over the next three years.

 

2. While many reported they are prepared to respond to a data breach or cyberattack, 40 percent said their plans are too generic, lacking specific guidance for certain types of incidents.

 

3. Nearly 33 percent said their plans following a cyberattack are not updated based on the most recent types of cyberthreats or organizational changes plaguing the industry.

 

"While it is encouraging that healthcare attorneys are on the front lines of preparing for and responding to cyber incidents, it is apparent from this survey that there is much more that needs to be done," said Scott Falk, vice president and general manager, Health Care and Litigation, Bloomberg Law. "For example, there is overwhelming agreement from respondents that it is important to improve formal cybersecurity education and training for healthcare lawyers. Thus, there is tremendous value in utilizing external resources and professional organizations that can meet this critical need."

 

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