Research demonstrates healthcare sector lags in cybersecurity investment despite higher level of risk for attacks
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| September 19, 2023
SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Skyhigh Security today released the Skyhigh Security Cloud Adoption and Risk Report, Healthcare Edition, which investigates the state of cloud security in healthcare organizations, including patient care facilities and healthcare technology companies. This report explores the healthcare vertical data from Skyhigh Security’s The Data Dilemma: Cloud Adoption and Risk Report, which provides a comprehensive look at data security challenges across industries.
“Apprehension about cloud security remains high in the healthcare sector, but there are a variety of factors making greater trust in the cloud necessary—such as the increase in hybrid work and anytime, anywhere collaboration”
While healthcare parallels other sectors in cloud adoption trends, it faces distinct obstacles regarding data security and trust in the cloud. Cyber attackers often target healthcare organizations to attempt to steal highly prized data, such as personal health information (PHI), insurance claims data, clinical trial information, and more. And unfortunately, they’re often successful. The report shows that 86% of healthcare organizations have experienced data theft compared to only 80% across all industries. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) security issues are also rising far more quickly in this sector than others. But despite the elevated threat level, only 51% of healthcare organizations are committed to investing more in cybersecurity, versus 56% across all industries.
To keep sensitive data secure and private, the healthcare sector has been hesitant to embrace cloud services. While other industries have seen a 50% average uptick in cloud services in use, the adoption rate in healthcare is only half of that, at 25%. However, there’s been steady movement to increase utilization. Although the healthcare industry still stores the least amount of sensitive data in the public cloud (47%) compared to all industries (61%), they are up from only 35% in 2019.
“Apprehension about cloud security remains high in the healthcare sector, but there are a variety of factors making greater trust in the cloud necessary—such as the increase in hybrid work and anytime, anywhere collaboration,” said Rodman Ramezanian, Global Cloud Threat Lead at Skyhigh Security. “Healthcare organizations have historically stored sensitive data on premises, but there’s been a shift to cloud and hybrid providers. By adopting unified, zero trust cloud security solutions, organizations can increase cloud use without putting sensitive data at risk and allow their leaders to focus on what’s most important—supporting the health and wellbeing of our communities.”
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