Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Mobile devices and laptops continue to pose major cybersecurity risks for healthcare

PARCA eNews – Mar. 1, 2019 – A survey of company IT executives reveals that 33% of companies have suffered security breaches involving mobile devices, according to Verizon’s Mobile Sec Index 2019.

Overall, the report on all types of businesses show that security risks continue to rise while company defense implementations are failing to keep up. Focusing on mobile device security, 85 percent of organizations said they need to take mobile device security more seriously. 

At the same time respondents reported that their organizations were putting speed and profit ahead of mobile security. Almost half (48 percent) said they sacrificed security to "get the job done, up from 32 percent last year.

At the same time the Clearwater CyberIntelligence Institute has found that laptop computers pose a major threat to hospitals, health systems, and their business associates.

The company’s study showed the high and critical risk points are: endpoint data loss, excessive permissions and dormant accounts. Within the endpoint data, the analysis found that 98.9 percent of laptops were vulnerable to failure to lock down external ports such as USB, CD, DVD and Firewire, making it easy to copy data onto portable storage devices.

Another 63 percent of devices lack controls to prevent users from storing sensitive data on the laptop. Other deficiencies include lack of data loss prevention tools, and deficiencies in user permissions,

The company recommends that all healthcare organizations to evaluate laptop computer security vulnerabilities.

Sources: "It’s time to tackle mobile security: Mobile Security Index 2019" and Clearwater CyberIntelligence Institute press release.

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