Fortified Health Security: 2024 Horizon Report Reveals Startling Cybersecurity Trends, Industry Outlook for Healthcare Organizations

Updated on January 24, 2024

Fortified Health Security (Fortified), a two-time Best in KLAS managed security services provider (MSSP) specializing in healthcare cybersecurity, has released their 2024 Horizon Report. The report comes at a pivotal time when healthcare organizations urgently need increased support and resources to safeguard patient data and strengthen their cybersecurity posture to meet increased regulatory requirements and growing cyber attacks on healthcare.

In the latest edition, Fortified and its contributors:

  • Explain significant legislative developments in healthcare cybersecurity, including the Biden Administration’s National Cybersecurity Strategy
  • Cover the impact of AI and machine learning on healthcare organizations
  • Analyze healthcare cybersecurity trends based on OCR data
  • Share best practices for safeguarding against cyber incidents

Published biannually as a resource for healthcare organizations since 2017, this year’s edition of the Horizon Report includes critical findings:

Compromised Patient Records Are Increasing Sharply

In 2023, number of breaches exposing more than two million patient records skyrocketed.

Third-Party Risk Management (TPRM) Is Critical For Healthcare Organizations

The number of Business Associates (BAs) reporting a healthcare data breach has more than doubled in recent years, underscoring the criticality of having a strong TPRM program.

Connected Technologies Are Primary Target for Cyber Criminals

Last year, connected technologies were the primary locations where patient records were compromised.

“In recent years, U.S. Healthcare and Public Health (HPH) sector has seen significant disruptions to patient care and healthcare operations as a result of cybercrime. In fact, the National Security Council (NSC) considers the HPH sector to be one of the top three (3) sectors prioritized for additional cybersecurity attention,” said Dan Dodson, Chief Executive Officer at Fortified.

“Simultaneously, we are witnessing critical initiatives in the federal, state, and private sectors to establish, agree on, and comply with Cybersecurity Performance Goals. This past year, the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency released the Cross Sector Cybersecurity Performance Goals, and notably, New York became the first state to announce their plan to implement cybersecurity requirements for all hospitals within the state. This progress is likely to be adopted by other states, as well, significantly altering the healthcare cybersecurity landscape in 2024 and beyond.

The 2024 Horizon Report examines these joint efforts between public and private entities in working together to make healthcare more resilient.”

The full report is available for download here.

About Fortified Health Security

Fortified is Healthcare’s Cybersecurity Partner® – protecting patient data and reducing risk throughout the healthcare ecosystem. A managed security service provider that has been awarded numerous industry accolades, Fortified works alongside healthcare organizations to build customized programs that help clients leverage their prior security investments and current processes while implementing modern solutions that reduce risk and increase their security posture over time. Led by a team of industry-recognized cyber experts, Fortified’s high-touch engagements and client-specific process maximize value and deliver an actionable, scalable approach to help reduce the risk of cyber events. To learn more, visit www.fortifiedhealthsecurity.com.

The Editorial Team at Healthcare Business Today is made up of skilled healthcare writers and experts, led by our managing editor, Daniel Casciato, who has over 25 years of experience in healthcare writing. Since 1998, we have produced compelling and informative content for numerous publications, establishing ourselves as a trusted resource for health and wellness information. We offer readers access to fresh health, medicine, science, and technology developments and the latest in patient news, emphasizing how these developments affect our lives.