Community of Practice
The Cybersecurity Community of Practice informs and engages stakeholders about cybersecurity in healthcare and influences the application of sound practices.
David Bunker FAIDH CHIA, Queensland Genomics Health Alliance
What is cybersecurity?
The expanded use of networked technology, internet-enabled devices, applications and electronic datasets, used for a range of clinical, financial and administrative functions, have significantly minimised the number of manual steps and time-consuming processes in healthcare workflows. Yet, such connectivity and automated processes have increased the vulnerability of healthcare providers to cybersecurity breaches.
While cybersecurity may be perceived as primarily a technical matter, it is much broader than this and encompasses both technology and human processes. As we continue to move toward integrated, digitally-enabled organisations, the disruption caused by cybersecurity incidents can have far-reaching effects and may include lack of access to critical clinical information and services, risks to patient safety, costly replacement of equipment and data, loss of community confidence in our healthcare system and reputational damage to the providers and organisations that suffer a breach.
Matthew McDougall CHIA
ICT Infrastructure Technical Lead, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress
Kristy Jackman CHIA
Member Engagement Coordinator, QLD
Director Administration Services, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
Richard Oakham CHIA
Digital Content Coordinator, QLD
Principal Software Developer, Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service
Dr Andrew Westcombe CHIA
Written Content Coordinator, NSW
Security Awareness Lead, Australian Digital Health Agency
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2018 Cybersecurity in Australian Healthcare Survey results
HISA’s 2018 Cybersecurity in Australian Healthcare survey reached 48% of health services in regional/rural areas and 52% in metropolitan areas.We received responses from executives (23%), administrative staff (22%), IT staff (18%), clinicians (12%) and the remainder a mix of researchers, consultants, vendor specialists and board members.
Respondents felt a strong sense of organisational responsibility for the security of information assets and information systems with the following measures in place:
- formal plans (73%)
- staffing (75%)
- dedicated security budget (42%)
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The results of HISA’s 2017 cybersecurity survey have been discussed over some months at branch meetings and webinars and now the published version has been made available online.
There were 157 responses to the survey from a cross-section of organisations. It was conducted across four broad domains to assess awareness and maturity across the healthcare ecosystem:
- Culture/Staff responsibility and awareness
- Policies and procedures
- General cybersecurity knowledge
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