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HC3 Brief on Emerging Technology Implications for Healthcare Cybersecurity

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Information Security and the Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center (HC3) have published a brief about emerging technology’s security implications for the health sector. The document addresses artificial intelligence, 5G cellular technology, nanomediocine, smart hospitals, and quantum computing.


  • As technology becomes more useful in supporting decisions, particularly autonomous ones, the data which drives those decisions as well as the access to that data needs to be adequately protected. Consider that devices are able to effectively be on-line continuously, e.g. 5G, and those external developments, like Quantum computing, will continue to raise the bar on data protection. The basics will still apply: information should, ideally, be encrypted at rest with (MFA) access to only devices and users authorized to access that data. Keep data only as long as is necessary, and consider offline archive copies. Know which data is where and why. Make sure you are properly de-identifying data when sharing.
  • Healthcare is struggling with current technology. Special care must be exercised in adopting the novel.


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