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Nearly 90 Percent of Healthcare Organizations Suffer Data Breaches, New Ponemon Study Shows
May 12, 2016, 9:10 am

 

Criminal attacks from the outside and negligence from the inside continue to put patient data in the crossfire, the newly released Sixth Annual Benchmark Study on Privacy & Security of Healthcare Data reveals. For the sixth year in a row, data breaches in healthcare are consistently high in terms of volume, frequency, impact, and cost. Nearly 90 percent of healthcare organizations represented in this study had a data breach in the past two years, and nearly half, or 45 percent, had more than five data breaches in the same time period.

Estimates based on the results of this study suggest that breaches could be costing the healthcare industry a walloping $6.2 billion. The average cost of data breaches for covered entities surveyed is now more than $2.2 million while average cost to business associates in the study is more than $1 million.

Once again, criminal attacks are the leading cause of data breaches in healthcare—50 percent for healthcare organizations, a five-percent increase from last year’s study. Internal problems such as mistakes—unintentional employee actions, third-party snafus, and stolen computing devices—account for the other half of data breaches. In 2016, ransomware, malware, and denial-of-service (DOS) attacks are the top cyber threats facing healthcare organizations.

The full report can be found at http://www2.idexpertscorp.com/ponemon2016.

Warmest regards,

Dr. Larry Ponemon
Chairman & Founder
Ponemon Institute

New Ponemon Study on Malware Detection & Prevention Released
March 18, 2016, 10:00 am


The State of Malware Detection & Prevention sponsored by Cyphort reveals the difficulty of preventing and detecting malware and advanced threats. The IT function also seems to lack the information and intelligence necessary to update senior executives on cybersecurity risks. 

http://go.cyphort.com/Ponemon-Report-Page.html

Healthcare organizations are in the cross hairs of cyber attackers
February 29, 2016, 12:00 am

The State of Cybersecurity in Healthcare Organizations in 2016, sponsored by ESET, found that on average, healthcare organizations represented in this study have experienced almost one cyber attack per month over the past 12 months. Almost half (48 percent) of respondents say their organizations have experienced an incident involving the loss or exposure of patient information during this same period, but 26 percent of respondents are unsure. 

The Second Annual Study on Exchanging Cyber Threat Intelligence: There Has to Be a Better Way
November 4, 2015, 12:00 am

We are pleased to let you know about our latest study on intelligence sharing. The Second Annual Study on Exchanging Cyber Threat Intelligence: There Has to Be a Better Way reveals interesting trends in how organizations are participating in initiatives or programs for exchanging threat intelligence with peers, industry groups, IT vendors and government. According to the 692 IT and IT security practitioners surveyed, there is more recognition that the exchange of threat intelligence can improve an organization’s security posture and situational awareness. However, concerns about trust in the sources of intelligence and timeliness of the information continue to be a deterrent to participation in such initiatives.

Forty-seven percent of respondents say their organization had a material security breach that involved an attack that compromised the networks or enterprise systems. This attack could have been external (i.e. hacker), internal (i.e. malicious insider) or both. Most respondents (65 percent) say threat intelligence could have prevented or minimized the consequences of the attack.

Following are key research takeaways:

Threat intelligence is essential for a strong security posture. Seventy-five percent of respondents, who are familiar and involved in their company’s cyber threat intelligence activities or process, believe gathering and using threat intelligence is essential to a strong security posture.

Potential liability and lack of trust in sources of intelligence, keep some organizations from participating. Organizations that only partially participate cite potential liability of sharing (62 percent of respondents) and lack of trust in the sources of intelligence (60 percent of respondents). However, more respondents believe there is a benefit to exchanging threat intelligence.

Organizations rely upon peers and security vendors for threat intelligence. Sixty-five percent of respondents say they engage in informal peer-to-peer exchange of information or through a vendor threat exchange service (45 percent of respondents). IT vendors and peers are also considered to provide the most actionable information. Law enforcement or government officials are not often used as a source for threat intelligence.

Threat intelligence needs to be timely and easy to prioritize. Sixty-six percent of respondents who are only somewhat or not satisfied with current approaches say it is because the information is not timely and 46 percent complain the information is not categorized according to threat type or attacker.

Organizations are moving to a centralized program controlled by a dedicated team.  A huge barrier to effective collaboration in the exchange of threat intelligence is the existence of silos. Centralizing control over the exchange of threat intelligence is becoming more prevalent and might address the silo problem.

We hope you will download the full report.

Warmest regards,

 Dr. Larry Ponemon

Advanced Threat Detection with Machine-Generated Intelligence
October 28, 2015, 10:00 am

Companies are losing traction in the fight to identify and prevent advanced persistent threats (APTs) mainly because threat intelligence is often inaccurate or incomplete. The IT security practitioners in our latest study, Advanced Threat Detection with Machine-Generated Intelligence, believe better intelligence could have stopped an average of five security breaches their company had in the past two years. The good news is machine-generated intelligence provided by near-real-time technologies can improve threat detection and the ability to determine baseline or “normal behavior” in order to detect abnormal behavior.  According to participants in our research, machine-generated intelligence solutions will make threat intelligence more actionable and useful.  We hope you will read our latest study sponsored by Prelert, Advanced Threat Detection with Machine-Generated Intelligence, which looks at the state of advanced threat detection in companies, technologies deployed to detect advanced threats and the value of machine-generated intelligence.

Warmest regards,

Dr. Larry Ponemon
 

What You Don’t Know Will Hurt You: A Study of the Risk from Application Access and Usage
September 29, 2015, 12:00 am


Companies and their employees are becoming increasingly dependent upon applications to achieve business goals and increase productivity. However, the proliferation of applications is creating a serious security risk because identifying users’ risky behavior and non-compliance with policies can be nearly impossible. The typical organization now collects and stores a vast amount of customer data. In addition, the large number of employees accessing applications makes it difficult for organizations to keep track of exactly “who’s doing what”. 

What Erodes Trust in Digital Brands?
August 26, 2015, 6:00 am

What Erodes Trust in Digital Brands?

Around the world, IT security practitioners face a common problem: a budget that is inadequate to deal with cyber threats
June 9, 2015, 10:00 am

Around the world, IT security practitioners face a common problem: a budget that is inadequate to deal with cyber threats

Ponemon Institute Releases New Study on the Efforts of Retail Companies and Financial Services to Improve the Time to Detect and Contain Advanced Threats
May 28, 2015, 11:00 am

Ponemon Institute Releases New Study on the Efforts of Retail Companies and Financial Services to Improve the Time to Detect and Contain Advanced Threats

Cost of Data Breach Grows as does Frequency of Attacks
May 27, 2015, 6:00 am

Cost of Data Breach Grows as does Frequency of Attacks 

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