The cash-intensive areas of a hospital, such as the cafeteria and billing department, as well as non-cash units like marketing, are desirable targets for hackers. Even so, the data security threats are not being adequately addressed, says Christopher Ensey, chief operating officer at Dunbar Security Solutions, a customized security services firm.

Information systems in departments that process cash and debit-credit card payments often share a network with other units in the facility. But Ensey contends that these departments need their own separate, isolated networks “so they don’t get pulled into someone else’s breach,” he adds.

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