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Healthcare IT staff often assume they know what they’re doing when it comes to data security, and all the other employees are likely to create a data breach by falling for an online phishing scam or other hacking attempt. But a recent report suggests IT staff can make big mistakes, too.
One-quarter of IT workers admitted to falling for a phishing scam, compared to 21% of office workers and 34% of business owners and high-execs, according to a recent survey by Intermedia, a company providing data protection. Intermedia surveyed more than 1,000 full-time workers and asked questions about data security and the behaviors that can lead to data breaches, malware, and ransomware attacks. (The report is available online at http://bit.ly/2zlyGWS.)
Another disconcerting finding was that 14% of office workers either lacked confidence in their ability to detect phishing attacks, or were not aware what phishing is.
Confidence in the ability to detect phishing scams generally was high among office workers, with 86% believing they could identify phishing emails, although knowledge of ransomware was found to be lacking, especially among female workers. Forty percent of female workers did not know what ransomware was, compared to 28% of male workers. Thirty-one percent of respondents said they did not know what ransomware was prior to taking part in staff training sessions. The report includes these other findings:
Financial Disclosure: Author Greg Freeman, Editor Jill Drachenberg, Editor Jonathan Springston, AHC Media Editorial Group Manager Terrey L. Hatcher, and Nurse Planner Maureen Archambault report no consultant, stockholder, speaker’s bureau, research, or other financial relationships with companies having ties to this field of study. Physician Editor Arnold Mackles, MD, MBA, LHRM, discloses that he is an author and advisory board member for The Sullivan Group and that he is owner, stockholder, presenter, author, and consultant for Innovative Healthcare Compliance Group.