51% of healthcare organizations don't have written procedures to address cyberattack responses: 4 things to know

Healthcare leaders may not be properly prepared to face a cyberattack. In fact, 51 percent said their organization does not have written operating procedures about how to respond to a cyberattack, according to a recent KPMG poll.

KPMG asked 154 healthcare and life sciences leaders about cybersecurity preparedness during a KPMG webcast titled "It's not a question of if you will experience a breach, it's a question of when. Are you able to respond to today's cyber threats?"

Here are four survey insights.

1. About 29 percent of respondents did not know how their organizations responded after a cyberattack had been resolved, but 15 percent cited technology upgrades, 14 percent cited training improvements and 17 percent cited staffing or leadership changes.

2. Twenty-five percent of respondents said data compromises after a cyberattack were resolved within a day, while 15 percent said it took "a few days" and 16 percent said data issues persisted for more than a week.

3. Respondents said lack of training (29 percent) was the biggest weakness in cybersecurity defense, followed by dealing with third parties (20 percent).

4. According to respondents, loss of confidential information (41 percent) was the No. 1 source of damage from a breach, followed by reputation damage (27 percent).

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