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Your data isn’t as secure as you think it is

Nearly two-thirds of health care IT directors say their systems aren’t as secure as they should be. 

So says a recent survey by Ponemon Institute. The study polled IT pros at health care facilities with more than 1,000 employees. Fully 61% of the IT directors said their organizations don’t have sufficient resources to meet requirements for data security and privacy.

Worse: 70% said they don’t think management considers security a priority.

Part of the problem is that IT may not have the tools it needs to get the job done properly. According to the survey, the most commonly used security techniques were:

  • policies and procedures — 81%
  • anti-virus/malware programs — 69%
  • training and awareness programs — 67%
  • perimeter controls — 61%.

Notably missing from that list are data loss prevention systems, which would help stem the most common threat to health care IT systems: data breaches. In fact, among the surveyed IT pros, more than half had experienced one or more data breaches that led to loss of patient information.

Do you think your organization has sufficient protections in place? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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