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Case Study:

Building a Cost-Effective Security Team in Healthcare

Proactive Prevention vs. Reactive Recovery

The Challenge:

Healthcare organizations face a constant barrage of cybersecurity threats, with sensitive patient data making them prime targets. However, building and maintaining a robust security team can seem expensive, leading some companies to delay or underinvest in this critical area.


The Cost of Inaction:
Data Breaches: The average healthcare data breach cost is a staggering $10.93 million, according to the Ponemon Institute. This includes legal fees, notification costs, credit monitoring, and reputational damage.
Cost of Vacancies: Unfilled security positions leave organizations vulnerable for extended periods, amplifying a breach's risk and potential impact.
Compliance Costs: Failing to meet industry regulations and data privacy laws can incur significant fines and penalties.
Life and Death Risks: In healthcare, cybersecurity breaches don't just jeopardize finances or reputation – they directly endanger patients' lives. Disruptions to medical systems, compromised patient data or attacks on medical devices can delay treatment, lead to misdiagnosis, and even cause equipment malfunctions, putting patients' safety and well-being at grave risk.


The Proactive Approach:
Building a highly skilled and experienced security team offers a cost-effective solution:
Preventative Measures: A strong security team can implement preventative measures like vulnerability assessments, security awareness training, and robust access controls, significantly reducing the risk of breaches, associated costs, and, most importantly, the risk to patients' lives.
Improved Efficiency: A dedicated security team can streamline security processes, saving time and resources on reactive measures after a breach.


Enhanced Compliance: A proactive security posture demonstrates good faith and helps organizations avoid hefty regulatory fines.


Case Study Spotlight:
Our healthcare client recently struggled to fill a critical Security Leader position for several months through traditional methods. They partnered with Blackmere to leverage our expertise in recruiting passive candidates. Within 14 days, we successfully identified and placed a highly qualified candidate, saving the company valuable time, resources, and potential risks associated with a prolonged vacancy ultimately helping to safeguard patient care.


The Bottom Line:
Investing in a proactive security team is not just about cost; it's about protecting patients' lives and your organization's future. Building a strong security team demonstrates a significant return on investment by preventing costly breaches, enhancing compliance, improving operational efficiency, and minimizing disruption to critical healthcare services.



*Confidential*  Client Partnership 



Company Size:


Time to Fill:

14 days to offer letter

Blackmere Solutions: 

  • Disvovery Call to align expectations and needs 

  • Blackmere Recruitment Marketing Services

  • Expert Sourcing and Screening of passive candidates within network 

  • Candidate Submissions to Client 

  • Strategic Alignment 

  • Offer Negotiation


  • Client Experienced high-volume, low quality internal applicants 

  • Lack of technical knowledge from internal recruitment team 

  • Communication barrier between hiring manager (s) and internal recruitment team 

Key Outcomes: 

  • Direct hires into the client within 2 weeks 

  • Multiple contract hires working on Blackmere payroll for client 

  • Ongoing hiring support as needed

  • Internal recruitment team receiving recruitment training from Blackmere team 

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