Just 44% of Healthcare Providers Meet NIST Cybersecurity Standards

By Jessica Davis

– Only 44 percent of healthcare organizations, including hospitals and health systems, adhere to NIST cybersecurity framework standards, despite a drastic increase in healthcare data breaches in recent years, according to a recent report from security firm CynergisTek. 

For its this annual report, CynergisTek analysts examined about 300 assessments of providers across the sector for the last three years against the NIST Cybersecurity framework, such as physician practices, accountable care organizations (ACOs), and business associates. 

Researchers found that only scores for conformance with the HIPAA Security Rule improved from 2018, but just by 1 percent from 2018 to 2019 to 76 percent, compared to 70 percent in 2017. 

While the NIST CSF continues to grow in adoption internationally and in the US across all sectors, including healthcare, healthcare conformance with the CSF continues to lag across all sectors,” researchers wrote. “This

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