Healthcare Information Security Today: Survey Results and Analysis

Healthcare Information Security Today: Survey Results and Analysis

What steps are healthcare organizations taking to prevent breaches? Where are organizations most vulnerable? And what are the top data security priorities for the year ahead?

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For answers to these questions and more, check out the Healthcare Information Security Today webinar. Howard Anderson, news editor at Information Security Media Group, presents an overview of the survey's top findings, then leads an expert panel in a discussion of key topics. Sponsor of the survey is RSA, the Security Division of EMC.

The panelists include: Dan Berger, CEO of Redspin; Michael Bruemmer, vice president of Experian Data Breach Resolution; and Tom Walsh, president of Tom Walsh Consulting. They'll address critical issues, including:

  • How can organizations work with their business associates to help prevent breaches?
  • What are the top mobile device security issues that need to be addressed?
  • What's the key to a truly successful privacy and security training program?


As major health data breaches continue to grab headlines, and as federal regulators step up enforcement of privacy and security requirements under the new HIPAA Omnibus Rule, healthcare organizations face the challenge of ensuring patient information is adequately protected. What are their key action items?

In an overview of the Healthcare Information Security Today survey results, Howard Anderson, news editor at Information Security Media Group, covers a broad range of issues:

Breach Prevention Efforts

  • Healthcare organizations are more confident in their ability to thwart external threats than their ability to mitigate internal threats. The survey identifies top breach prevention strategies.

Encryption and Authentication

  • The survey confirms that healthcare organizations still have a lot of work to do in implementing these technologies.

Risk Assessments: A Status Report

  • HIPAA and the HITECH Act both require current risk assessments. Yet the survey shows about a third of organizations have not conducted an assessment within the past year.

Top Security Priorities and Investments

  • Top priorities for the year ahead include improving regulatory compliance, boosting security education and preventing and detecting breaches. Top investments for the year ahead are an audit tool or log management system, a data loss prevention system and a mobile device management system.

BYOD Widespread, But are Protections Keeping Up?

  • A majority of organizations allow clinicians to use personal mobile devices for work-related purposes. But mobile security policies are still evolving.

Following the survey overview, Anderson convenes a discussion of the findings with a panel of experts.

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