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The study found that the importance of regulatory compliance has dropped almost by half for healthcare organisations, from 42% to 24%. In contrast, interest in security-related tasks, such as data security and cybersecurity awareness among employees, increased. It is not surprising that compliance has become a secondary concern while security looms large in the minds of IT pros in the healthcare sector. With the uptick in cyberattacks targeting healthcare providers in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is even more important to mitigate IT vulnerabilities, since one security breach can bring a healthcare organisation to a standstill, leaving it unable to take care of patients.
The survey results also showed that the need to educate IT personnel at healthcare organisations has skyrocketed. This increase makes sense for several reasons. Educating IT staff in threat detection and response is another proven way to protect against cyberattacks. In addition, better educated IT staff will be able to provide the support required for health information systems and other IT assets to operate at maximum efficiency under the increased workload caused by the shift to remote work and telemedicine.
The key findings for the healthcare sector include the following: