Sheraton Boston Hotel
September 11-13, 2017 | Boston, 2018 x2, MA

2017 Healthcare IT & Risk Management Study

September 12, 2017
11:30am - 12:00pm
Grand Ballroom

Cybersecurity budgets are growing and healthcare organizations are allocating more employees to IT security compared to a year ago. That’s the good news.

The not so good news? Despite increases to security staffs and budgets, those are still the biggest barriers to higher levels of confidence in security programs.

That’s according to the 2017 HIMSS Analytics and Symantec “IT Security and Risk Management Study,” which surveyed 100 hospital and health system security, IT, and administrative executives to determine where healthcare organizations stand in terms of investments and efforts to strengthen their security strategy.

A few of the key findings:

  • HIPAA compliance, risk assessments, and audits are the main drivers for IT security investments.
  • 2/3s of participating organizations have CISOs, most often reporting to the CIO.
  • More than half of the responding orgs experienced an external cyber attack in the last 12 months.

In this session, attendees will learn where healthcare organizations are making progress when it comes to cybersecurity strategy, where they are lagging, and what’s needed to improve the industry’s cyber preparedness.



Senior Director, Research Services
HIMSS Analytics

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