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Skills gap in healthcare IT industry cause security threats, according to new report


Research from European provider of cloud infrastructure and cloud services, IONOS Cloud, has found that 37% of healthcare IT decision-makers say their organisation is at risk of security threats due to skills gaps.

Additionally, four in 10 (39%) are facing a skills gap in data protection, with a quarter (25%) saying it means they are not adhering to necessary legislation or following the correct data protection procedures (21%).

The survey polled 203 healthcare IT decision-makers as part of a wider survey of 609 respondents.


The aim of the report was to better understand the current challenges businesses are facing in the wake of the pandemic, and where cyber security and data protection standards are sitting on healthcare business’s IT priority lists.

When asked about the biggest threats to their healthcare business’s IT security at this time, IT decision-makers surveyed said employees downloading unapproved apps (40%), an increase in web-based attacks (37%) and phishing and scam attacks (36%). “The skills gap in healthcare IT is becoming more acute and has the potential to exacerbate the already palpable workforce crises.” – Dr Charles Alessi, chief clinical officer, HIMSS The report also highlighted that many businesses recognise the importance of cyber security, […]

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