Venafi Survey: 79 Percent of Healthcare Professionals Concerned About Cyber Security of Personal Data

Meanwhile 68 percent of healthcare professionals believe their organizations are doing enough to protect patient data

SALT LAKE CITY--()--Venafi®, the leading provider of machine identity protection, today announced the results of a survey querying 122 healthcare professionals on sector response to cyber threats. The survey was conducted March 5-9, 2018 at the HIMSS18 conference in Las Vegas.

According to the survey, most of the healthcare professionals polled remain confident regarding their own organization’s cyber security protocols despite apprehensions connected with their own healthcare information and general healthcare infrastructure. In fact, seventy-nine percent said they are concerned about the cyber security of their own healthcare information. At the same time, sixty-eight percent believe their organizations are doing enough to protect patient privacy and personal information from cyber attackers.

Additional findings from the survey include:

  • Eighty-seven percent of respondents are concerned that the reliability and availability of critical healthcare infrastructure could be compromised by cyber attacks.
  • Respondents were conflicted about the role of cyber security regulation. A third (thirty-three percent) of the respondents believe there is too much cyber security regulation in the health care industry and twenty-nine percent feel there is not enough regulation.
  • Seventy-six percent of respondents believe government-mandated backdoors into encryption technology could harm the privacy and personal information of patients.

“It’s very clear healthcare professionals are deeply concerned about the protection of their own healthcare data,” said Nick Hunter, senior manager of threat intelligence for Venafi. “Unfortunately, cyber attacks spread just like infectious diseases; attackers target victims with weak security hygiene, adapt quickly and have learned to use security defenses to hide malicious activities in plain sight. It’s going to take a concerted effort across the healthcare industry to improve cyber security outcomes.”

Additional Resources:

Blog: HIMSS Survey: How Well is the Healthcare Industry Protecting Your PII?

2017 SSH Study: Healthcare - Executive Brief

Venafi Case Study Summary: Fortune 500 Health Care Company

About Venafi

Venafi is the cyber security market leader in machine identity protection, securing connections and communications between machines. Venafi protects machine identity types by orchestrating cryptographic keys and digital certificates for SSL/TLS, IoT, mobile and SSH. Venafi provides global visibility of machine identities and the risks associated with them for the extended enterprise —on premises, mobile, virtual, cloud and IoT — at machine speed and scale. Venafi puts this intelligence into action with automated remediation that reduces the security and availability risks connected with weak or compromised machine identities while safeguarding the flow of information to trusted machines and preventing communication with machines that are not trusted.

With over 30 patents, Venafi delivers innovative solutions for the world's most demanding, security-conscious Global 5000 organizations, including the top five U.S. health insurers; the top five U.S. airlines; four of the top five U.S., U.K. and South African banks; and four of the top five U.S. retailers. For more information, visit:


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Release Summary

According to Venafi's survey, 68% of healthcare professionals believe their organizations are doing enough to protect patient data


Shelley Boose, 408-398-6987