Survey: Most Providers Elevated Cybersecurity as a Business Priority in 2016


According to the 2016 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey, 85% of providers elevated cybersecurity as a business priority during the past year.

A follow-up to the inaugural 2015 HIMSS Cybersecurity report, the survey evaluated a broad array of cybersecurity issues with a special focus on the responses from acute and non-acute healthcare providers.

Results show a lack of appropriate cybersecurity personnel (59%) and a lack of financial resources (55%) were the top challenges providers faced in mitigating risks.

The top reasons motivating providers to increase their focus on cybersecurity included:

  1. Phishing attacks (77%)
  2. Virus/malware (67%)
  3. Results of risk assessment (67%)

Ransomware ranks as the biggest cybersecurity concern of the future, with 69% of providers voicing that concern in the survey, followed by phishing attacks (61%) and advanced persistent threat attacks (61%).

The survey also revealed insight into the threats providers believe they are most able to detect and protect against, including:

  • Brute force attacks (75%)
  • Exploitation of known software vulnerabilities (74%)
  • Negligent insider attacks (73%

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