Study Discloses Healthcare Industry Workers Trying to Understand Data Security Dangers


The lately circulated Beyond the Phish Report from Wombat Security, now a department of Proofpoint has disclosed healthcare workers have a lack of knowledge of usual safety dangers.

For the report, Wombat Security collected data from approximately 85 million queries and replies presented to customers’ end users across 12 types and 16 industries.

Respondents were questioned about safety best practices that would assist them evade ransomware attacks, malware connections, and phishing attacks and determined the level of knowledge at safeguarding private information, protecting against electronic mail and web-based cheats, safeguarding moveable appliances, working securely in distant places, detecting physical dangers, disposing of confidential information securely, using strong passwords, and harmless use of social media and the web.

Generally, the healthcare industry performed second worst for safety consciousness, just ahead of the hospitality industry, with the survey underlining many areas of weakness that might possibly be abused by cybercriminals to gain access to healthcare systems and confidential data.

Respondents from the healthcare sector performed poorly in many areas, registering a comparatively high proportion of wrong answers linked to identifying phishing electronic mails, securely disposing of confidential information, and safeguarding moveable appliances and confidential information saved on those appliances.

Although HIPAA demands healthcare workers to throw away PHI securely, 28% of queries in this area were replied wrongly. 27% of queries about safeguarding moveable appliances and information were replied wrongly, as were 26% of questions pertaining to the safety of secret information, and 21% of queries on the recognition of usual safety problems and harmless use of the Internet.

Generally, respondents from the healthcare industry replied 23% of questions wrongly, on a par with the production industry and professional services. Just hospitality industry workers performed worse. The average proportion of wrong answers across all industry sectors was 19%.

Areas, where respondents from the healthcare industry did best, were the use of secure, tough passwords and the identification and avoidance of ransomware attacks, with just 12% and 10% of queries replied wrongly.

“Our expectation is that by sharing this data, infosec experts will think more concerning the methods they are assessing weaknesses within their companies and recognize the chance they have to better equip workers to apply cybersecurity best practices and, as a consequence, better handle end-user risk,” said Joe Ferrara, Wombat General Manager.