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New Survey Highlights Security Risks Facing Health IT and Security Professionals

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February 21, 2012
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire
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MCLEAN, Va., Feb 21, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — A new Government Health IT survey sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton found that only 56 percent of government health IT and security professionals believe their organizations are in full compliance with current security and privacy requirements, while 60 percent said they have a holistic security strategy in place.

While privacy and security of patient health information has long been a concern of government and the healthcare industry, the growing adoption of health IT and better reporting under the HITECH Act’s expansion of HIPAA privacy and security rules, has heightened security concerns.

Health data breaches in the U.S. increased 97 percent from 2010 to 2011, with an increasing concentration of protected health information (PHI) on unencrypted portable devices being one of the main culprits, according to a 2012 report on PHI Breach Analysis from Redspin, a provider of penetration testing services and IT security audits.

“With the rapid adoption of new mobile technologies, such as the iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, organizations face new challenges and risks, as their networks add more access points,” said Ilene Yarnoff, Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton. “A holistic risk management approach, rather than ad hoc process changes, is needed to meet today’s security requirements.”

via MarketWatch, continued here.