WHITE PAPER: The Ultimate Survival Challenge | IT Staff Shortages in Healthcare
The shortage of qualified workers to fill cybersecurity (and information security) roles in healthcare organizations is a significant problem faced by C-level executives. According to ISC2, by 2022 the shortage of cybersecurity workers is projected to reach 1.8 million. The shortage of cybersecurity professionals is well documented across all technology industries; however, the healthcare industry ranks at the top for demand and shortages.
In the 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study, 70% of employers reported a plan to increase their cybersecurity staff size in 2018. In the healthcare sector, 68% of North American respondents stated that there were not enough Information Security workers in their departments. And, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, almost 75% of health systems are lacking a designated information security representative.
Confronted with seemingly insurmountable challenges in harsh environments, the mission to secure highly-sensitive patient data can seem like a reality survival exercise. The information security workforce in healthcare is responsible for supporting the well-being of the organization and the individual patients that rely on its life-critical services and information. To survive in a hostile environment; much like wilderness survival; people must have access to the right training and tools.
A well-designed cybersecurity staffing strategy can help organizations to not only survive, but also thrive in harsh conditions. This white paper examines the most common survival strategies for healthcare leaders to overcome challenges in recruiting, retaining and allocating resources for mission-critical information security programs:
- Recruiting the right skills
- Retaining the cybersecurity workforce
- Attracting and retaining diverse worker groups
- Staffing issues during mergers & acquisitions
- Meeting demand and deadlines during staffing shortfalls