81% of healthcare organizations will increase cybersecurity spending this year

The majority — 81 percent — of healthcare organizations in the United States said they plan to increase cybersecurity spending in 2017, according to the 2017 Thales Data Threat Report, Healthcare Edition.

The report is based on phone and online responses of 1,105 senior executives — many of whom have a major role in IT — in Australia, Brazil, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. The report was issued by Thales and 451 Research.

Here are five other statistics from the report.

1. Approximately 90 percent of U.S. healthcare respondents feel vulnerable to data threats.

2. Sixty percent of U.S. healthcare executives said their organization is deploying cloud, big data, Internet of Things or container environments without proper security controls.

3. Around 57 percent of U.S. respondents said compliance was their organization's No. 1 spending impetus.

4. Sixty-five percent of U.S. healthcare executives said they plan to encrypt data in the public cloud.

5. A number of U.S. healthcare organizations are also focused on network security (69 percent of respondents) and endpoint security (61 percent of respondents).

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