America’s hospital caregivers battle viruses every day – but lately, we’re hearing more about the malicious malware viruses attacking hospital computers, networks, and connected devices. While no economic sector is immune from attacks, criminals increasingly seek to infiltrate critical hospital infrastructure and information systems. The AHA and hospital leaders take these cybersecurity challenges seriously because protecting patients and their personal data is a 24-7, year-round responsibility and hospitals are continuously working to improve the security of their networks through implementing security measures, testing, maintaining back-ups, and deploying the latest upgrades. However, cybersecurity is more than just an IT issue – it requires an organization level risk reduction and response plan, leadership support and board oversight, and vigilance from everyone with access to the network. Getting involved in sharing information opportunities is crucial to staying ahead of emerging cybersecurity risks. To help, the AHA has a dedicated cybersecurity webpage that includes many resources for hospital leaders to understand the cybersecurity threats and incorporate cyber risk reduction and response into their strategic priorities. 

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