Proficio’s Annual Survey Highlights Top Security Concerns Facing Healthcare Organizations in 2014

Proficio, a leading provider of next-generation managed security services, today announced the results of its annual survey highlighting the top issues of concern to IT security professionals in the healthcare industry.

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As doctors and healthcare staff increasingly turn to the convenience of cloud applications and mobile devices, we are not surprised to see IT professionals concerned with the impact of these technologies

Irvine, CA (PRWEB) December 18, 2013

Proficio, a leading provider of next-generation managed security services, today announced the results of its annual survey highlighting the top issues of concern to IT security professionals in the healthcare industry. Respondents rated mobile security exploits, compliance requirements, medical device vulnerabilities, insider threats, and the protection of cloud-based data and applications as their top five concerns in 2014.

“As doctors and healthcare staff increasingly turn to the convenience of cloud applications and mobile devices, we are not surprised to see IT professionals concerned with the impact of these technologies on their organizations’ security in 2014,” said Brad Taylor, CEO, Proficio Inc.

“Proficio’s mission is to work with healthcare organizations to highlight the changing security landscape and bring next-generation solutions to security and compliance management.”

Mirroring the proliferation of tablets and BYOD in healthcare organizations, there was a notable increase in concern regarding security exploits affecting mobile devices and smart phones with 65% of respondents viewing this as a big or very big concern compared to 45% in last year’s survey.

In a year that included increased focus on HIPAA and Meaningful Use, it is not surprising that concerns regarding meeting compliance requirements in 2014 increased compared with the same concern at the start of 2013 with 61% of respondents viewing this as a big or very big concern compared to 50% in last year’s survey.

Another significant trend identified in this year’s survey is that well over twice as many (33% in 2013 vs. 13% in 2012) healthcare organizations have shifted to using an outsourced MSSP to manage their security operations.

SURVEY SCOPE
Based on survey data provided by over 40 large healthcare organizations from around the United States, this annual report was designed to give healthcare security professionals better insight into the challenges that they may face in 2014. For a full report of the findings, please email info(at)proficio(dot)com.

For recommended best practices see our healthcare security webinar. If you are attending HIMSS14, visit Proficio at Booth 3688.

ABOUT PROFICIO
Proficio is a leading provider of next-generation managed security services. We are changing the way organizations meet their IT security and compliance goals by providing the most advanced cloud-based solutions to monitor and scan critical assets without the need for added headcount or costly software and hardware systems. Proficio’s ProSOC is a Security Operations Center (SOC) subscription service that logs, monitors and analyzes organizations’ security events. Staffed 24×7 by security experts and using industry leading SIEM technology, ProSOC helps organizations address critical security and compliance needs, minimize business risk, and reduce costs. Proficio’s ProSCAN is a cloud-based service including vulnerability management, automated asset discovery, web application scanning, malware detection, policy and compliance controls, and PCI scanning. Our customers value our insight, experience and unrelenting passion for defending their networks and applications from cyber attacks.

For more information please visit: http://www.proficio.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
John Humphreys
CMO
Proficio Inc.
650-714-7218
jhumphreys(at)proficio(dot)com


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% of Respondents Rating Issue as Big or Very Big Concern