3 common high-security cyber risks for healthcare facilities

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User authentication deficiencies are among the most common high-security risks healthcare organizations face with regard to cybersecurity, according to a CyberIntelligence Insight Bulletin from Clearwater Compliance.

The company analyzed critical risks facing hospitals and health systems in its database and summarized them. Clearwater gathered the data from HIPAA risk analyses performed using its IRM|Analysis software that provides an automated process for assessing and remediating cybersecurity risks.

The three most common risks found during a HIPAA risk analysis using the IRM|Analysis software were:

• User authentication deficiencies
• Endpoint leakage
• Excessive user permissions

Additionally, Clearwater found that the top three user authentication deficiencies were:

• Use of generic user IDs and/or passwords
• Posting user passwords on monitors or under keyboards
• Emailing user credentials unencrypted over external networks

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