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NIST Guide to Security

by Tom Sullivan

Healthcare IT News

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NIST fellow Ron Ross reveals how to solve 90 percent of cyberbreaches

In addition to outlining the new security engineering guidance document that NIST released on May 4, 2016, which he described as “the most important, most transformational,” he has worked on at NIST, Ross offered that high-level solution. “Leadership, governance, and accountability will solve 90 percent of our cyberbreaches,” Ross said.

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Cybersecurity: Lessons in Leadership

Healthcare is a top target for hackers and cybercriminals with stories of ransomware emerging ever more frequently. NIST fellow Ron Ross points to leadership as the solution to 90 percent of cyberbreaches. Is he right?

It may be a tough pill to swallow, but Ross is not alone in pointing a finger at healthcare leaders as being front and center when it comes to addressing cyberbreaches. A more proactive approach is needed, he suggests, and organizations like NIST that are issuing guidelines and potential frameworks can serve as a good discussion for considering the best strategies.