Sponsored: Report Reveals Only 30 percent of Healthcare IT Teams are Restricting Insecure Cloud File Sharing

Given the increase in threats and vulnerabilities introduced to the market on a daily basis, the process of moving protected healthcare data securely is critical to the role of IT teams in healthcare organizations.
By Ipswitch
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Given the increase in threats and vulnerabilities introduced to the market on a daily basis, the process of moving protected healthcare data securely is critical to the role of IT teams in healthcare organizations.  Considering the demands that IT teams must meet in order to comply with data privacy laws and industry regulations such as HIPAA, IT professionals are in a continuous battle for file and data security.

In this recently published report by Ipswitch, over 500 IT professionals around the globe were surveyed about their use of data and file transfer solutions and policies in place at their organizations.  The global findings show that while 82 percent of healthcare IT professionals believe securely transferring and sharing of files is very important, only 30 percent have policies that restrict insecure cloud file sharing services. 

In the US, 38 percent of healthcare IT respondents stated they use cloud file sharing services but only 40 percent have policies in place that restrict its use.  The results were even more surprising in Europe as only 20 percent of IT organizations stated they have policies in place.  This is a significant concern as sensitive information such as patient records and medical data are outside IT control and vulnerable to data loss and breach.  While IT teams are aware of the issue, employees are continuously circumventing IT approved solutions by using these insecure services placing the organization and its data at risk.

The report reveals that while external threats to data loss are still prevalent, internal threats represented the most common cause of data loss.  In the US, 72 percent of respondents shared that human and processing errors are to blame – significantly outweighing external attacks and breaches.  Meanwhile, 21 percent of IT professionals said they may have experienced a data breach or suffered data loss but are not sure.    

Identifying and mitigating risks is critical to protecting data.  However, the report shows that more than a third (38 percent) of IT professionals said their processes to identify and mitigate file transfer risk are not efficient.

“The survey findings point to an obvious disconnect between IT and organization leadership when it comes to file transfer security,” said Paul Castiglione, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Ipswitch. “IT teams need to voice this as a priority for 2016 to ensure the company has granular access control, automated policy governance, and protection of data in transit and at rest. By implementing a MFT solution and enforcing strict policies, IT teams can make sure sensitive company data is safe and secure, without hassle.”

To learn more, check out the 2016 State of Data Security and Compliance blog by Ipswitch. Get your FREE copy and learn how leading edge healthcare IT teams are meeting data security challenges.