The key findings after interviewing 297 healthcare leaders and information security officers across the industry of the survey are –
- Two-thirds of respondents experienced a significant security incident in this year
- Healthcare organizations also reported using an average of eleven different technologies to secure their environments
- More than half said that their facilities have hired a full-time professional to manage the information security functions.
- Eighty Seven percent reported that their information security had increased as a business priority at their organizations over the past year.
- Many believes that current security tools will not be sufficient to protect the industry against the types of security threats their organizations expect to face in the future
“The recent breaches in the healthcare industry have been a wake-up call that patient and other data are valuable targets and healthcare organizations need a laser focus on cyber security threats,” HIMSS Vice President of Technology Solutions Lisa Gallagher said in a statement. “Healthcare organizations need to rapidly adjust their strategies to defend against cyber-attacks. This means implementing threat data, incorporating new tools and sophisticated analysis into their security process.”
Other finding included –
- 87 percent of those surveyed said antivirus/malware tools have been implemented to secure their healthcare organizations’ information security environment
- 80 percent reported using network monitoring to detect and investigate information security incidents
- 64 percent said that a lack of appropriate cyber security personnel is a barrier to mitigating cyber security events
- Internal security teams identify more than 50 percent of information security threats
“Indeed, respondents were widely likely to indicate that more innovative and advanced tools are required to secure their environments in the future,” HIMSS stated. “Furthermore, they indicated that healthcare organizations must operate from a perspective which presumes their organization’s perimeter has already been breached.”
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