Sometimes it is useful to compare your company’s security footprint to peers and other verticals. This provides a benchmark or standard when evaluating your progress. It you find you company falls short of the standard, you might take a more aggressive approach to improving your security footprint. The best run businesses set realistic goals and work to achieve those goals to improve their business performance and thus their profitability. Benchmarks help to set those goals.
A recent report from Information Week, entitled “Healthcare IT Security Worse Than Retail, Study Says”, found healthcare IT security rated poorly against the following other industries: Finance, Utilities and Retail. With so much at stake (a large-scale attack could put patients’ safety and lives at stake, not to speak of the financial repercussions), CE’s need to turn up the heat on achieving HIPAA security compliance.
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