Top 6 threats to health data security — Lack of employee awareness ranks No. 1

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Employee awareness about security is the biggest source of concern with regard to the threat of data breaches/exposure, according to the HIMSS Analytics' Healthcare Security Study, prepared for global communication services provider Level 3 Communications.

The study includes responses from 125 IT professionals at healthcare organizations, of which 21 percent were at the C-suite level.  

When asked what their biggest concern related to data security and exposure threat at their organization was, respondents reported the following:

Note: The number indicates the percentage of respondents who ranked the concern as No. 1.

•    Employee security awareness/culture: 46.4 percent
•    Exposure from partners/third-parties: 19.2 percent
•    Securing wireless, BYOD devices, etc.: 9.6 percent
•    Lack of actionable intelligence: 8.8 percent
•    Lack of appropriate network design and segmentation: 8.8 percent
•    Lack of internal expertise and skilled security resources: 5.6 percent

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