Users as the Biggest Threats to Security of Health Information Systems

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Faculty of Computer Science and Information Systems Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)

2 Faculty of Computer Science and Information Systems, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)


There are a lot of researches in the world about attacks on information systems (IS). Although there have been many attempts to classify threats of IS’s especially in Health Information Systems (HIS), it is still necessary for all health organization to identify new threats and their sources which threaten security of health care domain. The main aim of this paper is to present a research agenda of threats to HIS and identify issues and human factors that assist the implementation and adoption of health information security within the developing countries. In doing so, the authors try to provide a cohesive completeness identification of all threats about HIS and highlight the role of human in all of them. More than 70 threats to HIS are identified by using a large number of disparate data sources. Then they are classified in 30 subjects and finally categorized in seven areas whichuser’s activities are the biggest threat at the core of risks to HIS.