Cybersecurity Guide for Rural Hospitals and Clinics

May 1, 2018

In coordination with the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), the Technical Assistance and Services Center (TASC), a program of the National Rural Health Resource Center, is pleased to release the Cybersecurity Toolkit for Rural Hospitals and Clinics.

Ransomware and cybercrime are growing threats to all healthcare facilities – big or small. Protecting a facility from cyber threats can be a daunting task. However, failure to do so can result in fines, litigation, media stories, mistrust and decreased market capture. The toolkit is organized into four steps to guide rural hospitals and clinics in developing and fostering a well-rounded cybersecurity program, including awareness, assessment, implementation & remediation, and education. This toolkit includes a survey of available resources from various governmental and non-profit organizations. It includes checklists and tools that are appropriate for all audiences, including hospitals and clinics in rural settings.

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