Healthcare underspends on cybersecurity as attacks accelerate

Healthcare providers are far behind other industries when it comes to protecting their data and the number of attacks is only expected to accelerate.

At an annual confab designed to celebrate the latest in technological innovation, a newly released survey offered a sobering take on healthcare’s flimsy defenses.

Healthcare providers are averaging less than 6% of their information technology budget expenditures on security, according to the survey from HIMSS Analytics, the research arm of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, and security firm Symantec.

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