Chapter 3

Healthcare Security Risks and Vulnerabilities

Abstract

In this chapter the identification and assessment of the types of threats, and the degree (impact) of damage if the threat becomes an actual occurrence, are discussed as the foundation of a healthcare organization protection system. Appropriate security safeguards to be developed are identified to manage (prevent or mitigate) damage and establish an acceptable level of personal safety of the stakeholders. A properly conducted security assessment of the organization is shown as essential in identifying security exposures in a methodical manner that is thoroughly described, emphasizing specific risks and threats driving the security system to be based on a valid analysis rather than ...

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