Survey: More funding needed for healthcare cybersecurity

Many cybersecurity professionals believe that more attacks are on the horizon.

What grand institutional changes could have a positive effect on combating healthcare cybercrime? The Ponemon Institute recently polled nearly 680 professionals in the cybersecurity industry about the threats facing healthcare.

More than three-quarters of these respondents said that the number of healthcare attacks is going to increase, and many think that these attacks will be more severe, as well. The results from the survey, rendered in an infographic, also identified what these professionals thought were the two biggest factors inhibiting effective cybersecurity defense: lack of proper funding and lack of expertise.

Of the three different types of potential cybercriminals that most worry healthcare professionals, 41 percent said "malicious insiders are the key threat." Though the number one business priority listed by these respondents was government compliance, almost 40 percent don't think they are a target for cyber attacks.

The government has attempted to be more aggressive recently in bolstering cybersecurity efforts in the healthcare industry. While it appears that more hacks on a grand scale are inevitable, there are calls to greater action in place and some legislative steps being taken.

In the first week of this February, the American Hospital Association released a statement drawing attention to October's "Draft Guide to Cyber Threat Information Sharing" from the National Institute for Standards and Technology. The statement referred to possible changes on the horizon for health security based on upcoming action from the President and Congress.

"In light of heightened cybersecurity concerns and incidents, there is a high likelihood that legislation mandating information sharing for owners and operators of critical infrastructure will pass either this year or next year," the source said.

Following this announcement, it's an important time for organizations to consider working with healthcare consulting firms to improve security practices soon and lessen the potential damage from upcoming attacks.

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