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Microsoft and White House Collaborate to for Rural Healthcare Cybersecurity Initiative

The Microsoft Cybersecurity Program for Rural Hospitals aims to bring digital security to rural hospital tech infrastructure.


, in conjunction with the White House, the American Hospital Association, and the American Rural Health Association, has launched a new initiative designed to improve for rural hospitals in the United States. Named the Microsoft Cybersecurity Program for Rural Hospitals, this venture aims to strengthen the digital defenses of healthcare facilities in less populated areas.

Addressing Specific Security Challenges

With rural hospitals often struggling with insufficient resources to counter , this program targets their unique challenges. An FBI report highlighted that in 2023, the healthcare sector faced the most ransomware attacks compared to other critical industries, underlining the vulnerability of these facilities.

“Healthcare should be available no matter where you call home, and the rise in cyberattacks threatens the viability of rural hospitals and impact communities across the U.S.,” said Justin Spelhaug, corporate vice president, Microsoft Philanthropies. Microsoft will significantly reduce the cost of its security products for rural hospitals. Independent Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Emergency Hospitals can benefit from nonprofit pricing, bringing a discount of up to 75 percent. “Microsoft is committed to delivering vital technology security and support at a time when these rural hospitals need them most.”

 Larger rural hospitals already using Microsoft solutions will receive the firm's most advanced security tools for free for one year. Additionally, all hospitals participating in the program will get free security updates for at least a year.

Expansive Cyber Support

The program includes free cybersecurity assessments conducted by Microsoft and its vetted partners to pinpoint existing weaknesses. It also offers free cybersecurity training for hospital staff to improve their capabilities in dealing with daily security operations. Hospitals eligible for the Microsoft Cybersecurity Program for Rural Hospitals can access it immediately. Interested facilities can visit Microsoft's official website for more information or to enroll in the service.


Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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