Data Breaches Common in Health Care Industry
More than a quarter (26 percent) of health care respondents reported that their organization had previously experienced a data breach.Health care organizations are rethinking their reliance on compliance requirements as the primary way to protect patient data, according to a Harris Poll survey of 920 IT decision makers conducted on behalf of Vormetric. The survey results indicate that data protection in healthcare organizations has been driven largely by compliance requirements – 54 percent reported compliance requirements as the top reason for protecting sensitive data, and 68 percent rated compliance as very or extremely effective at stopping insider threats and data breaches. At the same time, more than a quarter of respondents (26 percent) reported that their organization had previously experienced a data breach, and nearly half (48 percent) reported that in the last year their organization had failed a compliance audit or encountered a data breach. "It’s hard for consumers to get a good view into the security practices of healthcare organizations today, but with some research they can arm themselves with information to help them evaluate the organization, and ask intelligent questions before making a decision," Alan Kessler, CEO of Vormetric, told eWEEK.
However, the study indicates that priorities are changing, with respondents reporting that compliance is now their second priority for IT security spending at 39 percent. Preventing a data breach ranks first at 53 percent.