• 17-OCT-2016

Healthcare heavily targeted by cybercriminals

KLAS publishes findings of their new report on Security Advisory Services. 

KLAS is a research and insights firm that is on a global mission to improve healthcare delivery by amplifying the provider's voice.  They have just published the findings of their new report on Security Advisory Services 2016: Which Firms are Helping Providers Sleep at Night?

In the report, KLAS states that “Healthcare is one of the industries most targeted by cybercriminals—and attacks can disrupt patient care and damage a health system’s brand, reputation, and financial health.”

KLAS reveals that “Clients say PwC understands security frameworks, develops and implements strong strategies, has deep security knowledge and expertise, and provides good communication. Thanks to this deep communication, over two-thirds of PwC clients indicate that the firm’s work has had a significant impact on their organisation’s overall sense of security.”

One client who liked the broader global perspective PwC brought to his organisation said, “PwC has the ability to get people talking. When they conduct meetings, they ask very leading questions. And when they talk about third-party risks, they don't just focus on IT risks. They address the risks associated with supply chain and other international laws that come into play when doing business with companies that have offices overseas. PwC wants to make sure our organisation is not tunnel-visioned. They feel it is their job to make us open up and broaden our views.”

Another client highlighted PwC’s strong communication skills and executive involvement.  A smaller organisation was pleased with how PwC helped them make several critical security decisions, including bringing on a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).

Overall, clients surveyed by KLAS say that PwC is strong when it comes to processes and that the firm has a good understanding of security frameworks and compliance. They also like PwC’s ability to develop and implement strong strategies and to communicate with clients’ senior leadership, and many clients feel PwC has very good healthcare knowledge and expertise.

One CISO said, “PwC’s people seemed to understand healthcare. The senior we worked with had extensive healthcare knowledge. We couldn’t have gotten anyone better if we had tried.”

Joe Greene, PwC’s Health Industries Cybersecurity & Privacy leader, said: “We are proud to be recognised as a leading Advisory partner to healthcare organisations.  Our aim is to help clients deal with the Cybersecurity risks and issues facing the world today.  We work with clients to develop, implement and operate strategies to prevent, detect, respond to and recover from any Cybersecurity attacks and other Cybersecurity challenges."

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