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From: security curmudgeon (jerichoattrition.org)
Date: Wed Apr 07 2010 - 19:34:32 CDT
Study points to need for SHARP security research
April 07, 2010 | Jeff Rowe, Editor, Priming the Pump
As researchers gear up to focus on the issue of HIT security, a recent
HIMSS study shows that the problem remains significant in hospitals.
According to this report on the 2010 HIMSS Analytics Report: Security of
Patient Data, .the study found critical gaps in data security . and its
findings suggested that efforts to keep data safe were often more reactive
than proactive, with hospitals dedicating more resources to breach
response than to breach prevention..
Based on a biannual survey commissioned by Kroll Fraud Solutions of 250
healthcare professionals nationwide, the study found a number of things
which should spur researchers on. For example, .the number of healthcare
organizations that reported a breach increased by six percent in 2010 to
19 percent of total respondents . up from 13 percent in 2008,. when the
last survey was conducted.
Moreover, .healthcare organizations continue to think of data security in
specific silos . . . and not as an organization-wide responsibility, which
creates unwanted gaps in policies and procedures..
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