Healthcare is falling behind other industries in prioritizing and attending to security concerns, according to a new report from security company ForeScout based on a survey conducted by IDG Connect. It’s particularly true in the area of mobile device security, the report found.
IDG surveyed 1,596 IT decision makers across the healthcare, education, financial, retail, and manufacturing markets. Twenty-two percent of those surveyed, or about 350 individuals, came from the healthcare sector. Those surveyed came from the UK, the US, and the DACH region of Europe which includes Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
The biggest problem in healthcare relative to other industries seems to be with mobile device security. Overall, mobile device usage was given low security ratings for poor policy definitions, poor technical controls and poor mitigation capabilities by 60 percent of respondents. In healthcare, however, 65 percent gave mobile device security a low rating in those categories. In the category of discovery and remediation of noncompliant devices, 57 percent of those in all industries gave their vertical a poor security rating compared to 62 percent in healthcare.
Other parts of the report indicated that the healthcare industry was safer than other industries from phishing and targeted attacks, but more at risk than others for unsanctioned device use and data leakage. In fact, 60 percent of healthcare respondents said data leakage had been a major problem for them in the past 12 months, compared to less than 55 percent generally. The data leak problem was exceptionally widespread among healthcare respondents from the European countries represented. Keep reading>>