HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey Suggests the Human Factor is the Largest Vulnerability in Healthcare

HIPAA Journal

Steve Alder

HIMSS has published the findings of its 2021 Healthcare Cybersecurity Survey which revealed 67% of respondents have experienced at least one significant security incident in the past 12 months, with the most significant security breaches the result of phishing attacks.

The 2021 HIMSS Healthcare Cybersecurity Survey was conducted on 167 healthcare cybersecurity professionals, who had at least some responsibility for day-to-day cybersecurity operations or oversight.

The surveyed IT professionals were asked about the most significant security breaches they had experienced in the previous 12 months, and in 45% of cases it was a phishing attack, and 57% of respondents said the most significant breach involved phishing. Phishing attacks are...

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