The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has released the results of the organization’s 2015 Cybersecurity Survey.
The vast majority of respondents — 87% — indicated that data security has become a “critical business priority” in the past year; more than half, 66%, have experienced a security incident in the same timeframe. According to the survey, 20% of these incidents resulted in the loss of patient, operational, or financial data.
The annual survey was filled out by 297 individuals, each of whom has some level of oversight and responsibility for cybersecurity at their organizations.
More than half of respondents (57%) reported having added a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) or other full-time resource to oversee cybersecurity at their organization.
While the cybersecurity incident source most often reported was a “negligent insider,” 64% of respondents reported an incident at their organization that was caused by an external source, such as a hacker or scam artist.
Overwhelmingly, survey respondents reported the need for additional innovation and more advanced tools to combat growing data security threats — 81% said that current technologies and tools are not sophisticated enough, with 42% reporting that there are simply “too many emerging threats to keep track of.”