Survey finds 25% of healthcare organizations put patient data at risk in the public cloud

Feb. 15, 2017
HyTrust Cloud Survey finds that while security is a top concern regarding cloud migration, 25 percent of healthcare organizations currently using the public cloud are not encrypting patient data.

HyTrust Inc., a provider of technology that automates security controls for software-defined computing, networking and storage workloads, has announced its latest Cloud Survey report, analyzing healthcare organizations use of the public cloud, the utilization of public cloud implementations, and how data is protected in these cloud environments. The survey of 51 healthcare and biotech organizations found that 25 percent of healthcare organizations using the public cloud do not encrypt their data.

HyTrust -- whose stated mission is "to make private, public and hybrid cloud infrastructure more trustworthy for enterprises, service providers and government agencies" -- says the survey also found that 63 percent of healthcare organizations say they intend to use multiple cloud vendors. “Multi-cloud adoption continues to gain momentum among leading healthcare organizations,” comments Eric Chiu, co-founder and president, HyTrust. He adds, “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. 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 [Microsoft] 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.”

Key findings of the survey also included the following bullet points: 63 percent of healthcare organizations are currently using the public cloud; 25 percent of healthcare organizations using the public cloud are not encrypting their data; 63 percent of healthcare IT decision makers intend to use multiple cloud vendors. HyTrust says 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.

Headquartered in Mountain View, CA, HyTrust notes that it is "backed by the leading providers of strategic IT infrastructure including VMware, Cisco, Intel and Fortinet; by the vanguard of innovative solutions for the intelligence community, In-Q-Tel; and by a world class group of financial investors including AIT Ventures, Granite Ventures, Trident Capital and Vanedge Capital." HyTrust was recently named one of CRN’s “20 Coolest Cloud Security Vendors”, a recipient of VMworld’s 2015 Gold Award for Security/Compliance and Virtualization, and the Most Innovative Cloud Company at Intel Security Focus 2015. For more information, visit

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