Health Care Cybersecurity A Decade Behind, HIMSS Survey Reveals

Due to a lack of adequate resources, many health care providers are falling far behind in their cybersecurity practices, according to data in the 2016 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey.

“It looks like something I might’ve read about 10 years ago,” said John Worrall, CMO at CyberArk. In particular, he found the percentages of providers that use antivirus software and firewalls, 86 percent and 80.7 percent respectively, to be a concern, as these are staples in cybersecurity that are incredibly easy to access.

“I would say that’s fair, especially in terms of antivirus and anti-malware and firewalls,” said Lee Kim, director of privacy and security at HIMSS. This is the second annual Cybersecurity Survey conducted by HIMSS, and Kim said that the statistics from one to another really didn’t change much.

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