Serviceteam IT Security News

Data breaches in the healthcare industry are likely to triple in volume in the coming year, according to a new report by Black Book Market Research.

The “2020 State of the Healthcare Cybersecurity Industry” report is based on a survey of 2,464 security professionals from 705 provider organizations. Respondents were asked to identify gaps, vulnerabilities, and deficiencies in security that make hospitals and physicians susceptible to data breaches and cyber-attacks. 

The survey results suggest that 1,500 healthcare providers are vulnerable to data breaches of 500 or more records, representing a 300% increase over 2020.

Nearly threequarters (75%) of health system, hospitals and physician organizations surveyed reported that their infrastructures are unprepared to respond to attacks. Almost all (96%) felt that data attackers are outpacing their medical enterprises, placing providers at a disadvantage.

A further Black Book survey of 291 healthcare industry human resources executives found that the talent shortage of cybersecurity professionals far exceeds the demand by health systems. Researchers found that cybersecurity roles in health systems take, on average, 70% longer to fill when compared to other IT jobs.

“The talent shortage for cybersecurity experts with healthcare expertise is nearing a very perilous position,” said Brian Locastro, lead researcher on the “2020 State of the Healthcare Cybersecurity Industry” study.

Locastro added that the industry’s response to ransomware attacks had spurred cyber-criminals on.

He said: “The willingness of hospitals and physician practices to pay high ransoms to regain their data quickly motivates hackers to focus on patient records.”

The survey of security professionals found that 75% of the 66 CISOs at health systems who responded agreed that experienced cybersecurity pros were unlikely to pursue a career in the healthcare industry. 

The reason given for this was that CISOs in healthcare, more than in other industries, are held responsible for data breaches and their impact on an organization’s finances and reputation while at the same time having extremely limited authority over decision-making, technology, or policy.

Furthermore, the study revealed that 90% of health system and hospital employees who are now working remotely due to the outbreak of COVID-19 were not given any updated security guidelines or training on accessing sensitive patient data.

Source: Infosecurity Magazine

With over 20 years of experience, Serviceteam IT design and deliver sophisticated connectivity, communication, continuity, and cloud services, for organisations that need to stay connected 24/7. We take the time to fully understand your current challenges, and provide a solution that gives you a clear understanding of what you are purchasing and the benefits it will bring you.

To find out how we can help you, call us on 0121 468 0101, use the Contact Us form, or why not drop in and visit us at 49 Frederick Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 1HN.

We’d love to hear from you!