HIMSS Survey Points to ''Access'' As the Number One IT Security Concern

From the press release:

According to a survey conducted at the HIMSS 2008 Annual Conference and Exhibition, 64 percent of respondents cited “access” as their number one IT security concern, highlighting the importance of controlling user access to clinical systems and applications in healthcare environments. Additionally, 60 percent of attendees surveyed cite the threat of a HIPAA compliance audit as the strongest driver for security initiatives. These findings are the results of a HIMSS attendee survey conducted by Courion(R) Corporation, leaders in access management and compliance.

Despite heightened access concerns, healthcare providers continue to be vulnerable to security and compliance risks. In fact, according to the HIMSS attendee survey, over the past year:

— 60 percent of respondents reported issues with users sharing passwords

— 52 percent found orphan accounts not properly disabled

— 38 percent identified instances of inappropriate access

Read the entire press release at The Earth Times

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