Healthcare Industry Insights: State of Privacy and Security Awareness

Hospitals and other healthcare organizations have proven nearly irresistible to cybercriminals in recent years.

The 2017 Verizon Enterprises Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) found that 72% of malware incidents impacting the healthcare industry involved ransomware. The 2017 DBIR also found that human mistakes accounted for 80% of the breaches in the healthcare industry.

We think a deeper understanding of the average healthcare employee’s knowledge of cybersecurity and data privacy best practices is warranted, given that it’s real, live humans making sure patient protected health information (PHI) and other sensitive data is kept secure.

Privacy and Security Awareness In Healthcare

We used the survey that underpinned our 2017 State of Privacy and Security Awareness report to gauge the privacy and security awareness of healthcare sector employees. We surveyed 1,009 healthcare employees in the U.S. and compared these results against the broader sample of employed adults in our larger report. Overall, we found that 78% of healthcare employees showed at least some lack of preparedness handle common privacy and security threat scenarios that were presented. 

Find additional analysis of our healthcare employee survey, including breakdowns of physicians vs. non-provider coworkers and comparisons to our general population via the infographic below:

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Find out what the average healthcare employee knows about cybersecurity and data privacy with our Industry Insights: Healthcare infographic.

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