Working as a Health Cybersecurity Specialist

Patricia Williams, Simon Cowley, Christopher Bolan, Ken Fowle, Richard Staynings

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The need for cybersecurity expertise in the health workforce is rapidly growing as security compromises and attacks on hospitals and government departments accelerate at an alarming rate. Healthcare presents a rich and unique environment to protect, requiring an informed perspective on how to protect it. The challenges of applying cybersecurity protections in healthcare, the pace of technical change, the complexity of regulation and the potential for patient safety impact means healthcare needs specialised skills in cybersecurity. The characterisation of this specialty, together with five case studies, describes its vital importance and the variety of careers in this area.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Health Information Workforce
Subtitle of host publicationCurrent and Future Developments
EditorsKerryn Butler-Henderson, Karen Day, Kathleen Gray
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783030818500
ISBN (Print)9783030818494
Publication statusPublished - 11 Nov 2021

Publication series

NameHealth Informatics
ISSN (Print)1431-1917
ISSN (Electronic)2197-3741


  • Case study
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data breach
  • Incident response
  • Risk management


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