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32% of healthcare organisations store all their sensitive data in the cloud, yet lack the resources to protect it

The study finds that more healthcare data will be put into the cloud in the next five years, despite the shortage of budget for data security.

Netwrix has released aninfographicbased on the findings of its global 2019 Netwrix Cloud Data Security Report for the healthcare industry. The infographic provides an industry perspective of the data that healthcare organisations store in the cloud, the state of their cloud data security and their plans for using cloud technology.


The2019 Netwrix Cloud Data Security Reportrevealed that 32% of healthcare organisations store a wide range of sensitive data in the cloud, including healthcare data and personally identifiable information (PII) of customers and employees. In addition, the number of those who are ready to adopt Cloud-First approach has increased by 31% since 2018, and the number considering becoming 100% cloud-based has grown by 12%. Unfortunately, their IT teams might not have enough resources to properly protect this sensitive data in the cloud, as 85% of them did not see an increase in their cloud security budgets in 2019.

Other findings revealed by the research and shown in the infographic include:
•26% of healthcare organsations had at least one security incident in the cloud during the past 12 months. These organisations have two things in common: None of them classified all the data they stored in the cloud, and all of them store all their sensitive data in the cloud.
•The majority of IT teams at healthcare organisations plan to strengthen data security in the cloud by encrypting data (70%) and monitoring activities around data (50%). However, one third of them do not receive any financial support from their management, which makes it more difficult for them to improve security in the cloud.
•18% of healthcare organisations would consider moving their data from the cloud back on premises. Their main reasons include security concerns (56%), reliability and performance issues (22%), and high costs (22%) for the cloud. If they decide to make this move, they will start by migrating healthcare data (33%), customer data (33%) and employee data (11%).
“Prioritising security efforts is the key to ensuring data security in the cloud, especially if budgets are tight, as is common at healthcare organisations. When organisations know exactly what data they have in the cloud and have classified it according to its value and level of sensitivity, they are in a better position to choose appropriate controls within their budgetary constraints and protect sensitive data more effectively,” said Steve Dickson, CEO of Netwrix.
“By 2022, more than 30% of the hospital data centres will be based in the cloud. Healthcare systems have been skeptical about adoption of cloud, but cost pressures and the need to reduce capital expenditure have been changing that mindset. After enduring several high-profile breaches and realising the maturity of various cloud providers (both in expertise and scalability), healthcare systems are finally less skeptical than they used to be about the cloud.” — Gartner, “Forecast Overview: Healthcare Provider Market, Worldwide, 2018,” by Anurag Gupta, July 13, 2018.

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