Data breaches and cybersecurity threats in healthcare are going to happen. It’s virtually unavoidable. What can be avoidable, however, are the messy consequences of substandard risk assessment strategies and inadequate threat response.

Department of Homeland Security’s Jason Gates, an analyst in the industry, engagement and resilience branch within the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, spoke at a virtual event Thursday about how healthcare organizations can work to mitigate the effects of a cybersecurity attack and lessen the risk of actually having one.

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