Healthcare's slack security costs $1.6B
If you're shirking your security systems' obligations all to save a few pennies, better think again. Chances are, it will end up costing much more down the road -- a whopping $1.6 billion more.

Most healthcare organizations nationwide, some 61 percent to be exact, reported a security related incident in the form of security breach, data loss or unplanned downtime at least once this past year, according to a new health IT report by MeriTalk, a public-private organization working to improve government information technology.


“America's economic prosperity in the 21st century will depend on cybersecurity.”

President Barack Obama

The following quotes, are from the Congressional Record: [Congressional Record Volume 158, Number 103 (Wednesday, July 11, 2012)] [Senate][Pages S4846-S4848]

“[I]t's clear from all that we've said [that] we all recognize we need to do something. . . . We all recognize this as a profound threat to this country, to its future, to its economy, to its very being.”

—Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper

“The next Pearl Harbor we confront could very well be a cyber attack.”

—Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta

“This a problem that we must address, our nation is otherwise at risk and to ignore this problem, to think it is going to go away runs headlong into all of the intelligence we have gathered, the facts we have been able to accrue which show that the problem is getting worse instead of getting better. There are more countries that are becoming more adept at the use of these tools, there are groups that are becoming more adept at the use of these tools, and the harm that they want to do to the United States and to our infrastructure through these means is extremely real.”

—Attorney General Holder in a recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearing

“…a cyber attack could stop society in its tracks.''

—Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey

“We see this as something absolutely vital to the future of our country. Cybersecurity for government and critical infrastructure is key to the security of this Nation.”

—NSA Director and U.S. Cyber Commander General Keith Alexander

“The United States is fighting a cyber-war today, and we are losing. It's that simple. As the most wired nation on Earth, we offer the most targets of significance, yet our cyber defenses are woefully lacking. . . . The stakes are enormous. To the extent that the sprawling U.S. economy inhabits a common physical space, it is in our communications networks. If an enemy disrupted our financial and accounting transactions, our equities and bond markets or our retail commerce--or created confusion about the legitimacy of those transactions--chaos would result. Our power grids, air and ground transportation, telecommunications and water filtration systems are in jeopardy as well.”

—Former Director of National Intelligence and NSA Director Admiral Mike McConnell

“We must begin now to protect our critical infrastructure from attack. And so far, we have done little. We are all living in a digital New Orleans. No one really wants to spend the money reinforcing the levees.
But the alternative is worse. . . And it is bearing down on us at speed.”

—Former Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Homeland Security Stewart Baker comparing the threat to the catastrophic effects of Hurricane Katrina

“We have entered into a new phase of conflict in which we use a cyberweapon to create physical destruction, and in this case, physical destruction in someone else's critical infrastructure.”

—Former NSA Director and CIA Director Michael Hayden

“The marketplace is likely to fail in allocating the correct amount of investment to manage risk across the breadth of the network on which our society relies.”

—Former Secretary of Homeland Security Chertoff

“…the cyber threat…is imminent, and…it represents one of the most serious challenges to our national security since the onset of the nuclear age sixty years ago.”

Hon. Michael Chertoff, Hon. J. Mike McConnell, Hon. Paul Wolfowitz, Gen. Michael Hayden, Gen. James Cartwright (RET), Hon. William Lynn III statement in a letter to the Senate
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