Systemic Failures Drive HIT Spending, Survey Finds

Conducted by Harris Poll, an interesting survey finding points to "employees" in general as the biggest insider threat to data security.

Another industry survey on the state of health care’s ability to protect its data has reached an overall conclusion that is similar to the other surveys that have been released over the last several months—healthcare information technology (IT) is behind other industries, and “the results clearly point to systemic failures...when it comes to protecting sensitive data.”

The new survey was conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Vormetric, which describes itself as “the industry leader in data security solutions that protect data-at-rest across physical, big data and cloud environments.” US healthcare IT decision makers from 102 organizations with at least $200 million in revenue responded, so clearly the survey’s focus was on the larger health care organizations.

It is not surprising, therefore, that the two biggest risks identified by the respondents were the cloud and Big Data (massive amounts of data that are too large to be processed on standard computers using traditional database programs and software). And when Big Data is stored on the cloud, the vulnerability increases exponentially.

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