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Achim Simons

5. Jan. 2024

A Crucial Step Towards Improving Cybersecurity in Healthcare

Introduction:

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บThe 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,ย including hospitals, medical practices, pharmacies, and laboratories.

https://digital-strategy.ec.europa.eu/en/policies/nis2-directive

NIS-2 significantly strengthens the cybersecurity requirements forย KRITIS operators.ย 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.

โฆฟย Key Points:

NIS-2 presents healthcare organizations withย significant challenges.ย Implementing the directive requires aย high level of expertise and resources.ย Therefore, organizations should prepare for implementation as early as possible. For some, it might already be to late.

The following are particularlyย critical aspectsย of implementing NIS-2:


  • Risk assessment and management:ย Organizations must first identify and evaluate their cybersecurity risks. Based on this analysis, they can then take appropriate mitigation measures.

  • Vulnerability assessment and remediation:ย Regular vulnerability assessments are an important component of cybersecurity management. Organizations should regularlyย examine their systemsย and applications for vulnerabilities and address them.

  • Incident response:ย It is crucial toย respond quickly and effectively in the event of a cyberattack.ย Organizations should therefore create an incident response plan that outlines the procedures in the event of an attack.

  • Training and awareness campaigns:ย Employees are often the weakest link in cybersecurity.ย 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-2ย early.ย To do so, they shouldย seek advice from expertsย 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

  • Incident response

  • 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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๐ŸŽคย Call to Action:

Healthcare organizations interested in learning more about NIS-2 are welcome to contactย Bluerock Healthcare Advisors GmbHย Bluerock. Our consultants are experts in the healthcare sector and support organizations in implementing NIS-2.

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