Poll: 55% of healthcare professionals believe their organization is secure against cybersecurity threats

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More than half of healthcare professionals believe their organization's IT infrastructure is safe from cybersecurity attacks, according to a new Medical Group Management Association Stat poll.

The July 11 poll included more than 1,230 applicable responses out of nearly 1,250 total responses.

Fifty-five percent of respondents said "yes" when asked if they believe their organization is secure from attacks, while 15 percent said "no." An additional 15 percent said their organization was "working on" securing its IT infrastructure. Another 15 percent were "unsure" if their organization is safe from attacks.

MGMA said 30 percent of respondents also reported their organization has experienced some form of attack, compared to 54 percent who reported the opposite. Twelve percent of respondents were "unsure."

MGMA Government Affairs recommended practice leaders take various steps to secure their organization from an attack. These include "conducting a HIPAA security risk assessment, updating operating systems and antivirus software, encrypting systems and files containing patient information and frequently training staff on malware protection protocols."


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