Healthcare security: CSOs needed

InformationWeek, July 30, 2014
Facing potential HIPAA audits, some healthcare organizations are struggling to attain full-fledged security. Until healthcare providers recognize and address their security weaknesses, they risk data loss, vulnerability to hacking, and HIPAA non-compliance. While some hospitals are expending the appropriate resources, experts say too many have yet to fully embrace the philosophy and culture of security necessary to protect patients, employees, and partners. Currently about 52% of healthcare organizations have a full-time resource for security, according to the 6th Annual HIMSS Security Survey. In terms of investment, 30% spent 1% to 3% of their budgets on IT security; 19% spent less than 1%, and another 19% spent between 4% and 6% of IT budget, the report found.

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