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HIMSS Healthcare Cybersecurity Survey: Some improvements, but still a ‘long way to go’

Healthcare IT News

Mike Miliard

As risk levels increase, health systems have “significant challenges to overcome,” according to the 13th annual report – including suboptimal security spending, vulnerable legacy tech and weak-link human factors.

The 2021 HIMSS Healthcare Cybersecurity Survey was published this week. It shows an industry that’s grappling with an ever more complex attack surface and relentless adversaries – but largely still limited by inadequate security budgets and defense strategies that are too often reactive instead of proactive.

The findings of the 2021 survey, which was sponsored by Carahsoft, do show some progress. HIMSS (the parent company of Healthcare IT News) polled 167 healthcare cybersecurity professionals for the 13th annual report and found that a majority of respondents (59%) reported an increase in...

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