10% or less of health IT budget goes to cybersecurity: 5 key findings on security gaps in healthcare

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The majority of technical healthcare professionals report their organizations spend just10 percent or less of their IT budgets on cybersecurity, according to the Trustwave 2015 Security Health Check Report.

The report surveyed 398 full-time healthcare professionals, including technical and non-technical workers. Technical professionals include CIOs, CISOs, IT managers, IT directors and IT vice presidents. Non-technical professionals include physicians, nurses, senior executives, board members, administrators and finance professionals.

Here are five other findings from the survey.

1. Nearly all technical professionals (91 percent) believe healthcare is increasingly becoming a target of cybercrime, while 77 percent of non-technical professionals believe the same.

2. Technical and non-technical professionals, 79 percent and 77 percent respectively, both cite losing patient data as a key concern if their organizations suffer a breach.

3. More than a quarter of technical respondents (35 percent) believe their organizations do not have adequate staff and expertise focused on cybersecurity.

4. Twenty-three percent of technical respondents say their organization has experienced a breach, though industry studies indicate the rate of breaches is much higher.

5. More than half of non-technical respondents (65 percent) believe outside forces pose a greater threat to cybersecurity than inside forces.

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