5. Jan. 2024
A Crucial Step Towards Improving Cybersecurity in Healthcare
🇪🇺The new EU cybersecurity directive, NIS-2, will enter into force early 2023. This directive also applies to operators of critical infrastructure (KRITIS) in the healthcare sector, including hospitals, medical practices, pharmacies, and laboratories.
NIS-2 significantly strengthens the cybersecurity requirements for KRITIS operators. These operators must now, among other things:
Implement a comprehensive cybersecurity risk management system
Conduct regular vulnerability assessments
Submit an incident response plan
Provide regular cybersecurity training for employees
NIS-2 is a significant step towards improving cybersecurity in the healthcare sector. It aims to enhance the resilience of #KRITIS operators against cyberattacks and, as a result, protect the security of patients, employees, and the public.
⦿ Key Points:
NIS-2 presents healthcare organizations with significant challenges. Implementing the directive requires a high level of expertise and resources. Therefore, organizations should prepare for implementation as early as possible. For some, it might already be to late.
The following are particularly critical aspects of implementing NIS-2:
Risk assessment and management: Organizations must first identify and evaluate their cybersecurity risks. Based on this analysis, they can then take appropriate mitigation measures.
Vulnerability assessment and remediation: Regular vulnerability assessments are an important component of cybersecurity management. Organizations should regularly examine their systems and applications for vulnerabilities and address them.
Incident response: It is crucial to respond quickly and effectively in the event of a cyberattack. Organizations should therefore create an incident response plan that outlines the procedures in the event of an attack.
Training and awareness campaigns: Employees are often the weakest link in cybersecurity. Therefore, organizations should regularly train their employees on cybersecurity and conduct awareness campaigns to raise awareness of cybersecurity risks.
Recommendations for Implementation:
Organizations should prepare for the implementation of NIS-2 early. To do so, they should seek advice from experts with experience in cybersecurity and healthcare.
A good approach to implementing NIS-2 is a holistic approach that considers all important cybersecurity aspects. These include:
Risk assessment and management
Vulnerability assessment and remediation
Training and awareness campaigns
Organizations that prepare early for the implementation of NIS-2 will be well-equipped to meet the requirements of the directive and enhance the security of their systems and applications.
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🎤 Call to Action:
Healthcare organizations interested in learning more about NIS-2 are welcome to contact Bluerock Healthcare Advisors GmbH Bluerock. Our consultants are experts in the healthcare sector and support organizations in implementing NIS-2.