Cyber-Criminals Increasingly Target Health Organizations
The report found 79 percent of technical respondents and 77 percent of non-technical respondents are most concerned about losing patient data.More than 90 percent of health care professionals believe criminals are increasingly targeting health care organizations, according to a survey of 398 full-time health care professionals by Trustwave, a security-as-a-service vendor. Despite these concerns, the report found only 10 percent or less of their IT budget goes toward cyber-security and protecting their patients’ highly sensitive information. "It’s not clear why health care organizations put so little emphasis on information security budgeting, but adding more advanced threat and vulnerability management doesn’t have to break the bank," Cas Purdy, vice president of corporate marketing and communications at Trustwave, told eWEEK. "While they could go out and buy all the latest security technologies, that’s normally too much for a health care organization due to lack of resources, staff and security skills needed to install, manage and monitor them." Purdy said that instead, health care organizations, in particular entities like urgent care clinics and doctors’ offices, should seek the help of a managed security services provider to provide more advanced threat management to go beyond what the basic level of security that many of them have today.
The report found 79 percent of respondents who work in IT and 77 percent of non-IT respondents are most concerned about losing patient data, above other types of information, if their organization is breached.