HIMSS Analysis Discloses Shocking Healthcare Safety Weaknesses

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has circulated the outcomes of its yearly healthcare cybersecurity analysis.

The report demonstrates that healthcare companies are using a range of methods to enhance their safety posture as well as keep confidential files safeguarded. But, several companies are failing to use fundamental cybersecurity skills to avoid illegal editing of PHI. Should PHI be edited by illegal persons, several healthcare suppliers would not be able to decide that a break had happened.

The lovely news is healthcare cybersecurity protections are getting better. Nearly 71% of companies reviewed replied their network safety has enhanced ever since 2015 and 61% replied they had upgraded endpoint safety.

But, the review has shown that several healthcare companies are lacking to use even simple safety measures like anti-malware and antivirus software program. As per the review, 15.1% of critical care suppliers, as well as, 9.7% of non-critical care suppliers didn’t use anti-malware or anti-virus software program.

Cyberattacks on healthcare companies have enhanced in current years, partly because of the worth of the files healthcare suppliers stock. But, many healthcare suppliers are making it extremely simple for hackers to access data. The review indicates that 21.8% of critical care suppliers and 9.7% of non-critical care suppliers don’t utilize firewalls.

Several cyberattacks take benefit of safety weaknesses, in spite of that, a shocking quantity of healthcare companies are failing to tackle those weaknesses. 38.7% of critical care suppliers and 58.1% of non-critical care suppliers didn’t have a patch as well as weakness administration plans ready.

Should the safety boundary be broken, several healthcare companies wouldn’t be conscious that their fortifications had been infiltrated. 46% of reviewed companies didn’t have an infringement finding method and 47.3% didn’t utilize network checking instruments.

Although it’s a condition of HIPAA to keep PHI access records and check those records for illegal access, 40% of companies weren’t doing accordingly. A similar fraction of healthcare suppliers was not encoding PHI in movement, although there was a great danger of files being captured by wicked actors. Encryption was used just for files in transportation by 64% of reviewed companies.

The review results demonstrate that healthcare companies depend on a very narrow variety of safety devices to keep PHI safe. Generally, this is because of a shortage of cybersecurity workers and strict budget limits, even though nearly half of respondents stated now there were just too many new and emerging dangers. Obviously, that doesn’t imply the door must be abandoned broad open.

The HIMSS 2016 Cybersecurity Analysis

The analysis was carried out from February 15 to May 15, 2016. HIMSS got 183 complete reviews from U.S. healthcare companies, even though the account concentrated on the 150 replies got from the U.S. founded healthcare supplier companies. 119 of those companies were critical care suppliers (hospitals and healthcare systems) and 31 were non-critical care suppliers (mental health facilities, home health agencies, physicians’ offices and so on)

To be eligible for the review, respondents were needed to play a part in their company’s cybersecurity system (IT managers, compliance/security officers, Corporate and facility CSOs, CISO’s, CIO’s, and so on)

The HIMSS 2016 cybersecurity analysis can be downloaded/viewed on this link.

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Mark Wilson is a news reporter specializing in information technology cyber security. Mark has contributed to leading publications and spoken at international forums with a focus on cybersecurity threats and the importance of data privacy. Mark is a computer science graduate.