IT Process Institute CEO Scott Alldridge said healthcare organizations need to support security spending and technologies with IT and process rigor to avoid breaches
Spending on cybersecurity in the U.S. will increase from $40 billion in 2013 to more than $60 billion in 2017, according to research from the Telecommunications Industry Association.
The number of security breaches reported to the U.S. government, however, increased from 61,200 in 2013 to 77,200 in 2015, according to a Government Accounting Office analysis, though the total number of breaches in the U.S. likely totals in the millions, experts said.
One would think with massively increased spending on cybersecurity protection, the number of security breaches would decrease. But that number, instead, continues to rise. This is in part because organizations do not follow all the security best practices available to them, from such firms as the IT Process Institute, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST), said Scott Alldridge, CEO of the IT Process Institute.
“Our approach to strengthening the overall security posture of an organization actually starts with some foundational controls,” Alldridge explained. “We refer to them as blocking and tackling. If you start from a well-known and secure configuration and you move to another well-known and secure configuration, you will maintain system and… see the rest of the article.
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