The Ponemon study found that the level of confidence of organizations to prevent and detect a data breach has been steadily rising. Processes are being improved, and more policies and procedures are in place, mainly driven by HIPAA compliance initiatives. Ponemon said that 36 percent of the firms indicated that HIPAA audits and fines have affected changes in their organizations' patient data privacy and security programs. But, Ponemon found a shortage of technologies, funding and security expertise at many organizations. Only 27 percent of organizations in the study said they have sufficient resources, and 34 percent said they have a sufficient security budget.