41% of healthcare C-suite execs say 1st reaction to ransomware is to pay: 4 survey insights

Forty-seven percent of healthcare providers and payers experienced an information security-related HIPAA violation in the last two years, according to a recent KPMG survey.

The survey — shared with Becker's Hospital Review via email — asked 100 healthcare provider and health plan C-suite executives about their attitudes toward cyberattacks.

Here are four survey insights.

1. Thirty-five percent of respondents said they were "completely ready" to defend against a concerted cyberattack.

2. Organizations reported more external hacking vulnerabilities (69 percent) than malware introduced by human error (60 percent), phishing (39 percent) or third party device or service attacks (37 percent).

3. Thirty-two percent of organizations indicated these attack vectors resulted in a ransomware attack. Of the organizations to experience ransomware, 41 percent said their immediate reaction was to pay the ransom.

4. Sixty-six percent of respondents said their organization has invested in information security during the past 12 months.

These organizations have implemented stronger policies around data access (83 percent), invested in more technology (76 percent) and hired more or increased training for their staff (41 percent).

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