Cybersecurity Toolkit for Rural Hospitals and Clinics

Author: 
National Rural Health Resource Center (The Center)

Ransomware and cybercrime are growing threats to all healthcare facilities – big or small. Protecting a facility for cyber threats can be a daunting task. However, failure to protect a facility from cyber attacks can result in fees, fines, litigation, media stories, mistrust and decreased market capture.

The toolkit is organized into four steps to guide rural hospitals and clinics in developing and fostering a well-rounded cybersecurity program, including awareness, assessment, implementation & remediation, and education. This toolkit includes a survey of available resources from various governmental and non-profit organizations. It includes checklists and tools that are appropriate for all audiences, including hospitals and clinics in rural settings.