According to the 2015 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey, 87% of healthcare leaders and cybersecurity experts have flagged cybersecurity as an increased business priority over the last year.
Furthermore, two-thirds of the 297 experts polled said that their organizations had recently experienced a significant security incident. Lisa Gallagher, HIMSS’ vice president of technology solutions, said, “The recent breaches in the healthcare industry have been a wake-up call that patient and other data are valuable targets and healthcare organizations need a laser focus on cybersecurity threats. Healthcare organizations need to rapidly adjust their strategies to defend against cyber-attacks. This means implementing and incorporating threat data, new tools and sophisticated analysis into their security processes.”
Many respondents claimed that there are too many emerging threats to track, but half said that they had made improvements to network security, endpoint protection, data loss prevention, disaster recovery and IT continuity.