HIPAA Regulatory Alert

Survey shows security is not improving

In spite of increased focus on regulatory compliance, a survey of more than 100 information technology (IT) administrators, managers and executives of healthcare organizations reports ongoing data breaches.

The survey, conducted by Boston-based GlobalSign, an accredited public certificate authority, showed that although 56% of IT security teams are spending between 25% and 100% of their workweeks devoted to compliance, breaches that cost organizations as much as $100,000 per incident are happening every day.

Exacerbating the problem is the sheer number of applications and solutions flooding the market that claim to satisfy security and compliance requirements, according to survey respondents. In fact, results revealed that 79% of respondents find that identifying effective tools that can provide both security and compliance is moderately to extremely challenging.