Despite the cyber threats facing healthcare organizations, 95 percent of IT specialists working at medical organizations around the world report that their organizations do not use any software for information security governance or risk management, according to the results of a 2017 IT Risks Survey.
Netwrix Corporation, provider of a visibility platform for data security and risk mitigation in hybrid environments, released the results of its Netwrix 2017 IT Risks report, which provides a look into IT security practices, pains, successful experiences and plans in the healthcare industry. The IT risks are divided into three areas: security, compliance and operations.
A recent study revealed that healthcare data breaches accounted for 39 percent of data breaches in 2015.
Healthcare data breaches were the most common type of data security incident reported in 2015, according to a recent study by Symantec Corporation.
Researchers found that approximately 39 percent of breaches during the year occurred in the health services sub-sector.
“This comes as no surprise, given the strict rules within the healthcare industry regarding reporting of data breaches,” explained the authors of the study. “However, the number of identities exposed is relatively small in this industry. Such a high number of breaches with low numbers of identities tends to show that the data itself is quite valuable to warrant so many small breaches.”
Valley Hope Association, a Kansas-based non-profit that provides drug and alcohol addiction treatment, recently announced a data security breach after a work-issued laptop containing patient information was stolen from an employee’s car on December 30, 2015.