The need for collaboration is as great in healthcare as in any other industry. Healthcare organizations enjoy the benefits of collaborating with the ecosystem—providers, payers, device companies, equipment manufacturers and more—but those connections increase risk. Through collaboration, businesses are extending, and absorbing, the risk and vulnerabilities of their ecosystem partners. Yet most businesses still look at cybersecurity as strictly an individual effort. It’s an especially tough spot for healthcare organizations because unlike in other industries, they sometimes don’t have a choice about with whom they collaborate. It’s a mandate.
This heightened level of exposure is good news for the “bad guys” who view ecosystems as an ever-widening attack surface. Healthcare businesses must, in response, evolve their approach and stand up a stronger security posture that factors in ecosystem partners. New models and policies must ensure that the partners and third parties joining the ecosystem adhere to the same standard of security—or higher—that they set for themselves.
It is not easy. As such, 77 percent of healthcare executives agree that protecting their organization in an ecosystem relies on security practices that they have limited ability to control. Fortifying the security posture calls for factoring in growing ecosystem dependencies. While healthcare organizations already collaborate to deliver best-in-class products, services and experiences, it’s time for security to join that effort as well.