Clearwater CyberIntelligenceTM Institute Study Finds Laptops Still a Significant Data Security Risk for Hospitals and Health Systems

NASHVILLE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”” target=”_blank”gt;#cyberintelligencelt;/agt;–Endpoint data loss, excessive user permissions, and dormant accounts
make up 70 percent of all high and critical risk scenarios for laptop
vulnerabilities at hospitals and health systems across the country,
according to new findings released by the Clearwater
CyberIntelligence Institute
(CCI), which leverages insights from
Clearwater’s proprietary database—the industry’s largest and most
complete database focused exclusively on the unique cybersecurity risk
profiles of hospitals, Integrated Delivery Networks (IDNs) and business

Despite efforts to make laptops more secure, the CCI study found they
remain a Top 10 cybersecurity risk for hospitals and health systems.
Upon further study, CCI found that the No. 1 vulnerability among laptops
— endpoint data loss — remains so high because of continued deficiencies
in these important controls:

  • 98.9 percent of laptops have deficiencies in locked down external
    ports (USB, CD, DVD, Firewire, etc.), which prevent users from
    exporting sensitive data to external storage media.
  • 63.3 percent of laptops have deficiencies of users storing data
    locally rather than accessing the organization’s programs and data via
    secure, virtual desktop software (such as Citrix Virtual Apps, Desktop
    or VMWare Horizon).
  • 52.7 percent have deficiencies in data loss prevention tools, which
    are designed to scan all communications traffic to keep sensitive data
    from being sent to unauthorized users.

“It may seem like a given, but the questions that hospitals and health
systems need to be constantly considering are, do we know for certain
that the security measures we have adopted for these things have been
properly implemented,” said Clearwater’s Jon Stone, who leads CCI and
serves as senior vice president for Product Innovation. “Further, do the
risk ratings associated with these controls bring the right level of
attention to these major risks?”

See the complete the findings and learn how to address these high-risk
factors here.

About Clearwater CyberIntelligence™ Institute (CCI)

CCI harnesses the power of a database populated by healthcare
organizations that contain millions of risk records from hospitals,
Integrated Delivery Networks (IDNs) and business associates to safeguard
patient safety and private organizations against cyber threats. Launched
in 2018, CCI was established as a response to the exponentially growing
threat surface from the Internet of Things and the proliferation of
attackers in healthcare. The data mining and informatics team at the CCI
institute uses advanced analytics techniques to provide useful
publications to identify common security weaknesses found in hospitals,
health systems and other healthcare organizations. Hospital executives
can direct their immediate attention to threats, vulnerabilities and
control deficiencies identified by CCI and perhaps take immediate action
to reduce their organization’s risk profile.

About Clearwater

Clearwater provides the most complete and trusted, enterprise-class
cyber risk management solution available. Designed for healthcare
providers and their partners, Clearwater’s IRM|Pro™ platform and
experienced professional services team provide insights and actions to
address compliance, cyber and patient safety risks. Clearwater is a 2017
Inc. 5000 fastest-growing company, the 2018 Best in KLAS winner in
Cybersecurity Advisory Services, the 2017 and 2018 Black Book Marketing
Research winner in Compliance and Risk Management Solutions, and
exclusively endorsed by the American Hospital Association as well as
numerous state hospital associations. Clearwater solutions have been
deployed within hundreds of hospitals and health systems, Fortune 100
organizations, and federal government institutions. More information
about Clearwater is at


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