Health Care IT Pros Harbor Concerns Over Security Issues
Data privacy and security are still primary concerns thanks to recent ransomware attacks on hospitals, according to the results of a Peak 10 survey.Now more than ever hospitals are seeing the benefits and efficiencies of moving toward outsourcing and trusting the cloud, cited by an up to 50 percent increase in cloud services (IaaS), according to a Peak 10 survey of 157 C-level executives and information technology professionals across the United States. However, data privacy and security remain primary concerns because of recent ransomware attacks on hospitals, according to 59 percent of respondents. Survey results show the main challenges respondents face are system interoperability issues, meeting security and compliance and balancing their human capital resources to meet regulatory and business requirements. "The most concerning finding was around the lack of confidence in their security programs. The majority of respondents gave themselves a grade of B- at best," Christina Kyriazi, Peak 10’s manager of marketing insights and analytics, told eWEEK. "When speaking with them, quite a few of them expressed concerns that they feel that they either cannot catch up to all the new types of security threats or they do not have enough resources to meet the demand for security. Once you address one concern something completely new comes up that you may have not thought about. We heard a lot of them spend 'sleepless nights' worrying about their environment’s security."
Kyriazi noted another surprising finding was the accelerated adoption of cloud and consistent decline of internally hosted workloads.