Security Concerns in Healthcare Cybersecurity Practices

May 21, 2019

Hikvision Security Concerns blog article HikWire

Hikvision Covers Security Concerns, Vulnerabilities, in Healthcare Organizations


Security magazine’s article, “Healthcare Organizations Lack Proper Cybersecurity,” covers new research in the CynergisTek 2019 report, “Measuring Progress: Expanding the Horizon” which covered healthcare organization security concerns.

The survey was conducted in 2018 and assessed almost 600 healthcare provider organizations and business associates in the U.S.

“The slight decline in the Awareness and Training category under the Protection Function is very alarming considering how much more sophisticated attackers were with targeted phishing attempts and new attack vectors, such as medical devices. Furthermore, the fact that we did not see any improvement in either the Respond or Recover functions means we may be losing even more ground with the increased number of attacks last year. Organizations need to take into account whether their individual security needs are actually being met in order to be truly secure, and not only compliant,” said David Finn, CynergisTek executive vice president of strategic innovation, in the company’s announcement.

Other security concerns from the report include:

  • 60 percent of organizations surveyed had gaps in written policy for privacy assessments.
  • Risk assessment, access management and governance were the leading third-party vendor gaps.
  • An average of 72 percent of organizations were compliant with the HIPAA security rule designed to protect patient information.

Click here to read more about the report.

For more about healthcare security concerns, read Hikvision’s recent blog “Cybercriminals Exploiting Vulnerabilities in Healthcare Organizations.”

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