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State of Software Security

Is the healthcare industry’s underlying DNA holding it back in terms of security?

In the security arena, healthcare is struggling. As compared to its industry peers, healthcare now has the lowest vulnerability fix rate, the second-lowest OWASP pass rate, and the highest prevalence of cryptographic and credentials management issues.

These statistics were uncovered in our most recent Veracode annual State of Software Security report, which provides an overall status on security issues and threats across industries. Healthcare is one of our focus areas, and here’s what we found:

  • Healthcare ranks lowest on fix rates; only 34% of vulnerabilities were fixed the first time
  • 67% of applications failed first-time scans based on OWASP policy compliance pass rates
  • The top 3 vulnerability categories for the healthcare industry were cryptographic issues, information leakage, and code quality

Given the concern for sensitive patient data under HIPAA regulations, these types of data-endangering vulnerabilities are especially troubling. So, how do you prioritize security for your patient information? And, how does your organization compare with its industry peers?

Download the State of Software Security report today. You’ll find helpful, in-depth information specific to the healthcare industry on a number of key security issues.

Published: January 2017

Type: Whitepaper

Length: 33 pages

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