Healthcare Organizations Implement New Technology and Personnel to Stay Ahead of Cyberattacks
CHICAGO (June 30, 2015) - Cybersecurity was identified as an increased business priority over the past year according to 87 percent of respondents in the newly released 2015 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey. Two-thirds of those surveyed also indicated that their organizations had experienced a significant security incident recently. Released at the Privacy and Security Forum, held in Chicago from June 30-July 1, this research reflects continued cybersecurity concerns by healthcare providers regarding the protection of their organizations' data assets.
"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 cybersecurity threats," said Lisa Gallagher, Vice President of Technology Solutions, HIMSS. "Healthcare organizations need to rapidly adjust their strategies to defend against cyber-attacks. This means incorporating threat data, and implementing new tools and sophisticated analysis into their security process."
The survey of 297 healthcare leaders and information security officers across the industry also found that at least half of respondents made improvements to network security, endpoint protection, data loss prevention, disaster recovery and IT continuity. However, despite the protective technologies available, most respondents felt only an average level of confidence in their organizations' ability to protect their IT infrastructure and data.
Key findings from the survey include the following:
In addition to the findings above, survey respondents found the following as the top ways security incidents were identified and the impact they had on their organizations:
To download the complete 2015 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey, please visit: http://www.himss.org/2015-cybersecurity-survey
Alessandra Nix/SHIFT Communications
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