CHICAGO, March 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Keeper Security, provider of the leading cybersecurity platform for preventing password-related data breaches and cyberthreats, today revealed that nearly two-thirds of healthcare organizations globally have experienced a cyberattack in their lifetime, while 53% were attacked within the last 12 months.
These findings derived from Keeper's 2019 Global State of Cybersecurity in Small and Medium-Sized Businesses report, conducted by the Ponemon Institute, which surveyed 2,391 IT and IT security practitioners in the U.S., U.K., DACH, Benelux and Scandinavia, including 219 from the healthcare industry.
"Electronic health records are some of the most lucrative documents on the dark web, so it's not surprising that the healthcare industry is highly-targeted by cybercriminals," said Darren Guccione, CEO and Co-Founder of Keeper. "While the majority of healthcare organizations have already experienced a cyberattack, this research shows the industry still doesn't have the necessary resources and budget allocated to preventing and responding to major data breaches. Patients depend on providers to protect their sensitive health information and moreover, their lives via connected medical devices. Therefore, it's critical that cybersecurity become a top priority in healthcare."
According to the findings, data breaches in healthcare resulted in an average of 7,202 patient and employee records lost or stolen and came with an average price tag of $1.8 million from the disruption of normal operations. The three most commonly reported types of attacks were phishing (68%), malware (41%) and web-based (40%).
While cyberattacks are becoming more targeted, sophisticated and severe, according to the survey, healthcare respondents indicated they lack the resources to appropriately protect themselves. Only one-third of healthcare organizations believe they have sufficient budget to support strong IT security and 87% said they don't have the personnel needed to achieve a more effective cybersecurity posture.
Additional highlights from the findings include:
- 66% of healthcare organizations agree that passwords are an important part of cybersecurity prevention, yet over half don't have visibility into their employees' password practices.
- Less than half of those surveyed have a plan for responding to an attack.
- 90% of healthcare organizations dedicate less than 20% of their IT budget to cybersecurity, with an average allocation of 13%.
The 2019 Global State of Cybersecurity in Small and Medium-Sized Businesses report underscores growing cybersecurity concerns best illustrated through the year-over-year trends dating back to 2016.
About Keeper Security, Inc.
Keeper Security, Inc. (Keeper) is the market-leading, top-rated cybersecurity platform for preventing password-related data breaches and cyberthreats. Keeper's zero-knowledge security and encryption software is trusted by millions of people and thousands of businesses across the globe to mitigate the risk of cybertheft, boost employee productivity and meet compliance standards. Named PC Magazine's Best Password Manager of the Year & Editors' Choice, PCWorld's Editors' Choice and the InfoSec Award for Best Product in Password Management and for SMB Cybersecurity, Keeper is SOC-2 and ISO 27001 Certified and is also listed for use by the U.S. federal government through the System for Award Management (SAM). Learn more at https://keepersecurity.com.
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