Given the number of data breaches in healthcare organisations, the findings of Netwrix’s 2017 IT Risks Report shouldn’t come as a surprise. It found that 95% of healthcare providers don’t use any software for information security governance or risk management.
The survey, which polled IT professionals in a number of industries, found that the healthcare industry in particular neglected cyber security defences. Similar numbers of respondents said they didn’t have the time (75%) or the budget (73%) to implement adequate cyber security measures.
Causes of data breaches
According to the survey’s respondents, the healthcare industry faces a handful of common threats:
- 58% perceive employees to be the biggest threat to system availability and security.
- 59% have had to deal with malware.
- 47% have had to deal with security incidents caused by human error.
Cyber security software helps to mitigate those threats, and the report suggests that respondents in the healthcare industry are only too aware of that. Only 31% said they believe their organisation is well prepared to combat IT risks.
However, time constraints and the financial burden of implementing cyber security software doesn’t need to be prohibitive. Smart organisations invest in risk assessment software such as vsRisk™, where much of the work is already done for them.
Implement risk assessments with vsRisk
The benefits of vsRisk are outlined in our free white paper, 5 Critical Steps to Successful Risk Assessments.
ISO 27001 describes best practice for an information security management system (ISMS), of which risk assessments are an essential component. By downloading our guide, you will learn how vsRisk can help you better identify, evaluate and analyse the risks your organisation faces.
For starters, by using vsRisk, you don’t have to spend any time developing your own risk assessment methodology. Instead, you can get straight down to the actual assessment and get actionable results much sooner. You also have the option of simply customising and applying a sample risk assessment.
Additionally, vsRisk’s robust methodology means that upcoming risk reviews and further risk assessments can be performed quickly, consistently and cost-effectively.