Cybersecurity Becoming a Top Business Priority in Healthcare

health future medical appThe healthcare sector may be turning a corner on how it views cybersecurity, according to new research. Here’s how it’s prioritizing data protection — and which areas still have it worried.

A new report from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) says more and more hospitals are taking cybersecurity as a significant necessity for protecting patient data. It found that 60% of the 126 IT leaders surveyed currently have an infosec leader (CISO or related).

Even more encouraging, 75% have insider threat management programs in place, 75% regularly run penetration testing, and 85% conduct risk assessments at least once a year.

Where more work needs to be done: spending. Though 71% of respondents said their organization dedicates financial resources to cybersecurity, more than half listed it as only 3% of the total budget.

Other respondent concerns:

  • Cloud security – including over ownership of data (53%), lack of cybersecurity (53%), and lack of transparency (42%)
  • Medical device security – thanks to the Internet of Things, many devices are Bluetooth-enabled, intertwining device security and patient safety, and
  • Due diligence – 88% of healthcare organizations with IT leaders and 57% of those without are focusing on cybersecurity before buying or implementing tech products and services.

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