WEDI Primer Lists Steps Groups Can Take To Stave Off Cyberattacks

June 22, 2015 in News

On Monday, the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange released a new primer detailing ways health care organizations can protect against cyberattacks, FierceHealthIT reports.


WEDI officials say that health care-related cyberattacks are increasing in frequency and scope.

For example, roughly 37 million health care records were compromised in data breaches between 2010 and 2014. In comparison, more than 99 million health care records have been exposed in 93 separate data breaches that occurred during the first four months of 2015.

Primer Details

The primer, called “Perspectives on Cybersecurity in Healthcare,” identified three key areas of cybersecurity:

  • The anatomy of a cyberattack;
  • Constructing a culture of prevention against cyberattacks; and
  • The lifecycle of cyberattacks and defense.

In the primer, WEDI suggested businesses implement strong cyber-defense strategies that include:

  • How to prepare for and monitor attacks; and
  • How to recover from data breaches.

In addition, WEDI recommended organizations use existing cybersecurity frameworks as guidelines for defense plans, such as the:

  • Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology;
  • Those from the International Organization for Standardization; and
  • Those from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (DeGaspari, FierceHealthIT, 6/22).
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