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Surprising Healthcare IT Security Statistics

This will blow you away. This is a list that provides a lot of insight into our cyber security defensive posture, but deespite the increase in attacks, to date, many healthcare operations fail to make the right changes to combat it. Black Book’s annual healthcare cybersecurity survey offers some surprising statistics:

  • One-third of hospitals buy cybersecurity products without doing much research on them. Ninety-two percent of these products or services did not include end users or areas often affected by data breaches.
  • Only 4 percent of healthcare organizations establish a committee to study cybersecurity budgeting.
  • As of 2017, 84 percent of hospitals did not have an IT security executive.
  • Twenty-one percent outsource their IT security instead of having dedicated in-house cybersecurity professionals.
  • Sixty-one percent of healthcare businesses do not have specified security objectives, and 83 percent do not conduct drills to establish an incident response.
  • Fifty-seven percent of IT managers report they do not know why cybersecurity solutions are available to them.
  • Thirty-two percent of hospitals fail to scan for vulnerabilities before an attack.
  • Twenty-nine of the survey respondents state they don’t have ways to instantly discover an attack.

It seems almost as if cybersecurity remains on the backburner despite the apparent need, but that is likely to change in the coming years.

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