2024 Cyber Resilience Research Unveils Healthcare Sector Challenges

New data illuminates how healthcare leaders can prioritize resilience.

76%Organizations find themselves at the intersection of progress and peril in the rapidly evolving digital healthcare landscape. The latest data underscores that the trade-offs are significant and pose substantial risks to healthcare institutions.

One of the foremost obstacles is the disconnect between senior executives and cybersecurity priorities. Despite recognizing cyber resilience as a crucial imperative, many healthcare organizations struggle to secure the support and resources from top leadership. This lack of engagement hinders progress and leaves institutions vulnerable to potential breaches.

Meanwhile, technology continues to advance at an astonishingly rapid pace, as do the risks posed by cyber threats. The 2024 LevelBlue Futures™ Report reveals this delicate balancing act between innovation and security within the healthcare industry. Our comprehensive analysis identifies opportunities for deeper alignment between executive leadership and technical teams.

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The Elusive Quest for Cyber Resilience in Healthcare

Barriers to CybersecurityImagine a world where healthcare institutions are impervious to cyber threats—where every aspect of an organization is fortified against disruptions. This is the lofty ideal of cyber resilience, yet it remains an elusive goal for many healthcare organizations. The rapid evolution of computing has transformed the IT landscape, blurring the lines between legacy systems, cloud computing, and digital transformation initiatives. While these advancements bring undeniable benefits, they also introduce unprecedented risks.

Our research indicates 83% of healthcare IT leaders acknowledge that computing innovation increases risk exposure. In a world where cybercriminals are becoming increasingly sophisticated, the need for cyber resilience has never been more urgent. From ransomware attacks to debilitating DDoS incidents, healthcare organizations operate in a climate where a single breach can have catastrophic consequences.

Exploring the Relationship Between Leadership and Cyber Resilience

Our survey of 1,050 C-suite and senior executives, including 180 from the healthcare industry across 18 countries, highlights the pressing need for cyber resilience. The report is designed to foster thoughtful discussions about vulnerabilities and improvement opportunities.

In the report, you’ll:

- Discover why healthcare leaders and tech teams must prioritize cyber resilience.

- Learn about the critical barriers to achieving cyber resilience.

- Uncover the importance of business context and operational issues in prioritizing resilience.

Recognizing the imperative of cyber resilience, healthcare leaders are called upon to chart a course toward greater security and preparedness. It's no longer enough to react to cyber threats as they arise; organizations must proactively bolster their defenses and cultivate a culture of resilience from within.

Our research delves into the multifaceted challenges facing healthcare organizations in their quest for cyber resilience. From limited visibility into IT estates to the complexity of regulatory compliance, healthcare institutions grapple with deep-seated barriers that hinder their ability to withstand cyber threats.

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