12% of health IT pros increased cybersecurity spending by 50% in 2017, survey finds

Eighty-five percent of IT professionals at healthcare organizations increased their cybersecurity spending during the past year, with 12 percent reporting increasing their spending by more than 50 percent, according to an Infoblox report.

For the report, Infoblox tapped the research firm Censuswide to survey 305 health IT professionals in the U.S. and the U.K. regarding their preparedness toward cyberthreats. Eighty-seven percent of U.S. respondents indicated they were confident in their organization's ability to respond to a cyberattack, compared to 77 percent of U.K. respondents.

Here are four insights into healthcare organizations' cybersecurity practices.

1. Sixty percent of U.S. respondents spend their cybersecurity budget on "next generation firewalls," according the report. U.K. respondents were more likely to spend their budgets on anti-virus software.

2. Among respondents in both the U.S. and the U.K., almost one in four indicated they would be willing to pay a ransom if hit by a cyberattack.

3. Sixty-eight percent of U.S. respondents said they had a plan in place outlining how to pay a ransom, compared to 85 percent of U.K. respondents.

4. Twenty-one percent of U.S. and U.K. respondents indicated they have 5,000-plus devices on their network. Eighty-nine percent of all respondents said they had a security policy in place to address connected devices on their networks.

To access the Infoblox report, click here.

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