25 percent of healthcare organizations are not using any form of encryption in the public cloud, according to workload security provider HyTrust’s latest Healthcare Cloud Survey. The Cloud Adoption survey of 51 healthcare and biotech organizations analyzes healthcare organizations use of public cloud, the utilization of public cloud implementations, and how data is protected in these cloud environments.
The survey also found that 63 percent of healthcare organizations say they intend to use multiple cloud vendors. What is troubling, is that 38 percent of organizations that have data deployed in a multi-cloud environment that included Amazon Web Service (AWS) and Azure are not using any form of encryption. This vulnerability comes as 82 percent of healthcare organizations believe security is their top concern, followed by cost. The results also highlight healthcare and biotech preferences for public cloud providers with Amazon Web Service (AWS), Microsoft Azure and VMware’s vCloud topping the list.
“Multi-cloud adoption continues to gain momentum among leading healthcare organizations,” said Eric Chiu, co-founder and president, HyTrust in an official statement. “For these care delivery organizations, choosing a flexible cloud security solution that is effective across multiple cloud environments is not only critical to securing patient data, but to remaining HIPAA compliant.”