Cloud adoption in the healthcare industry was analyzed in a recent report by Skyhigh Security. The report shows that 86% of healthcare organizations have experienced data theft compared to 80% across all industries. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) security issues are also rising far more quickly in this sector than others. But despite the elevated threat level, 51% of healthcare organizations are committed to investing more in cybersecurity, versus 56% across all industries.

The cloud adoption rate in healthcare is 25%. However, there’s been steady movement to increase utilization. Although the healthcare industry still stores the least amount of sensitive data in the public cloud (47%) compared to all industries (61%), they are up from 35% in 2019.

According to the report, healthcare organizations perform audits of their applications less frequently than their peers in other sectors and are less likely to use identity and access management to monitor access to resources. Other top challenges for healthcare include shadow IT, complex or outdated infrastructure, IT budget constraints and cybersecurity talent shortages.

The report finds that healthcare is most likely of all sectors to deploy data loss prevention (DLP) and encryption solutions, at 30% versus 23% for all industries. Like its peers, 40% of the healthcare sector is interested in adopting a zero trust approach.

Read the full report here.