Title

Medical data security: Are you informed or afraid?

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Springer

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

Computer and Information Science, Centre for Security Research

RAS ID

5287

Comments

This article was originally published as: Williams, P. (2007). Medical data security: Are you informed or afraid? International Journal of Information and Computer Security. Vol 1(4): 414-429. Original article available here

Abstract

Practical application of security measures severely hampers the level of security afforded to medical data in Australia. Whilst the reasons for medical data security are widely understood, there is little published information on how to tackle even basic security challenges for medical practice in Australia. Research suggests that there is an underestimation of the potential threats by medical practitioners; hence there is sufficient reason to promote development of tools to assist medical practice with technical issues they are unfamiliar with. This paper discusses the lack of threat realisation and provides a process for how security may be improved by those who are responsible for it. The process includes a framework for risk assessment and its practical implementation to make medical data in Australia secure.

 

Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.1504/IJICS.2007.015502