20% of security incidents result in lost patient data: 14 findings on the state of security

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Cybersecurity is a growing business priority for hospitals and healthcare organizations. According to the 2015 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey, 87 percent of respondents said cybersecurity as a business priority has increased over the past year.

Here are 13 more key findings on cybersecurity from the HIMSS survey.

1. On average, healthcare security teams use 11 different technologies devoted to cybersecurity.

2. More than half of healthcare organizations employ full-time personnel to manage information security.

3. However, nearly four in 10 respondents said there are too many emerging threats to track.

4. Half of information security threats are identified by internal team members, while 17 percent are identified by an external resource like a cybersecurity firm.

5. Sixty-four percent of respondents said a lack of appropriate cybersecurity personnel impedes their ability to mitigate cybersecurity events.

6. The threat of phishing attacks propels 69 percent of respondents to improve the information security environment.

7. Antivirus and anti-malware tools are used by 87 percent of respondents.

8. Approximately two-thirds of respondents said their healthcare organizations had recently experienced a significant security incident, with the largest source of an incident being a negligent insider.

9. However, 64 percent of respondents said the security incident was caused by an external actor.

10. Most respondents said they detected the security incident within 24 hours, but 20 percent said they lost patient, financial or operational data.

11. Six out of 10 respondents said cross-sector cyber threat information sharing would be beneficial to protecting their security environment.

12. Just 12 percent of respondents said they conduct mock cyber defense exercises.

13. Most respondents said they get information on cyber threat intelligence through word of mouth (60 percent), followed by third-party vendor threat intelligence feeds (49 percent).

The HIMSS survey collected responses from 297 healthcare leaders and information security officers.

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