46% of hospitals spend less than $500k on cybersecurity: 3 things to know

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Despite the increasing threat of cybersecurity, many hospitals continue to have significant vulnerabilities in their web security.

Here are three things to know about hospital web security, according to a HIMSS survey conducted in partnership with content delivery network Akamai.

1. The respondents reported using a variety of web security solutions including:

•    On-premise web application firewall: 61 percent
•    Distributed denial of service protection: 42 percent
•    Content delivery network: 21 percent
•    Cloud web application firewall: 21 percent

Nearly a quarter of respondents (23 percent) do not use any of these solutions.

2. Though not all of these solutions are in use, a number of respondents indicated their organizations are planning to implement some of these strategies.

•    Cloud web application firewall: 16.5 percent
•    Distributed denial of service protection: 13.2 percent
•    Content delivery network: 9.9 percent
•    On-premise web application firewall: 6.6 percent

3. Just below half of respondents indicated their organizations' fiscal year budget for cybersecurity threats was less than $500,000. Other organizations indicated the following budgets:

•    Between $500,001 and $1 million: 8.6 percent
•    Between $1 million and $5 million: 5.4 percent
•    Between $5 million and $10 million: 2.2 percent
•    More than $10 million: 4.3 percent
•    Don't know: 33.3 percent
 
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