Deloitte's Mark Ford: Health industry must be less reactive, more proactive on security

The health industry has come a long way in recent years when it comes to data security, but it still lags far behind others when it comes to having the right prevention measures against cyberthreats, according to Mark Ford, principle of Deloitte Cyber Risk Services.

Professionals in the industry remain too reactive and compliant-focused, Ford said in a recent interview with HealthITSecurity.com.

"There's a pretty significant gap between where they are today and where they ultimately need to be," Ford said. "The only way to close that gap is to obviously understand what it is and does to make sure they can lift themselves up to another level of maturity in the future."

A huge challenge for the industry, Ford added, is the ever-changing nature of cyberthreats.

The organizations that have a proactive approach and implement security measures that go beyond federal compliance standards are the ones that will have the strongest data security, according to Ford. Article

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