Healthcare organisations highly vulnerable to insider threats


Nearly 50 percent of healthcare organisations are extremely vulnerable to insider threats, according to their healthcare IT decision makers.

This is the result of Vormetric’s insider threat report for 2015, which added that 92 percent of healthcare IT decision markers believe their organizations are either somewhat or more vulnerable to insider threats.

Additionally, 62 percent of respondents identified privileged users, those who have access to all resources available from systems they manage, as the most dangerous insider. Ranking second and third are partners with internal access and contractors. 

Harris Poll conducted the survey on behalf of Vormetric in fall 2014 and included responses from 102 IT decision makers (ITDMs) in US healthcare organizations, as well as 818 total ITDMs in the US, UK, Germany, Japan and the ASEAN region.

"Healthcare data has become one of the most desirable commodities for sale on black market sites, yet US healthcare organizations are failing to secure that data," said Alan Kessler, chief executive officer of Vormetric.

"An overreliance on compliance requirements and a cursory nod to data protection point to systemic failures that are putting patient data at risk. What's needed is for healthcare organization to realize that compliance is not enough, and to implement the controls and policies required to put the security of their data first."

Vormetric, Cyber security, Alan Kessler, North America