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Report Finds 16.6M Affected by 2016 Healthcare Data Breaches

May 3, 2017 - There was a record number of healthcare data breaches reported in 2016, with unauthorized disclosures accounting for the majority of those incidents, according to the Bitglass 2017 Healthcare Breach Report. Hacking and IT incidents still pose the largest risk to healthcare organizations though, as the volume of records leaked from hacking is greater than all other breach events combined. The...


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Report Finds 16.6M Affected by 2016 Healthcare Data Breaches

by Elizabeth Snell

There was a record number of healthcare data breaches reported in 2016, with unauthorized disclosures accounting for the majority of those incidents, according to the Bitglass 2017 Healthcare Breach Report. Hacking and IT incidents still pose...

Verizon Finds Phishing Attacks, Malware Top Data Breach Causes

by Elizabeth Snell

Increased propriety research, prototypes, and amounts of confidential personal data have all helped fuel cyberespionage attacks, such as phishing attacks, according to a recent Verizon report. There was also a 50 percent increase in ransomware...

50% of Industry Incidents from Healthcare Ransomware Attacks

by Elizabeth Snell

Half of the reported healthcare data security incidents from October 2015 to September 2016 stemmed from healthcare ransomware attacks, according to a recent NTT Security report. The NTT Security 2017 Global Threat Intelligence Report found that...

Do Healthcare Data Breach Lawsuits Have Reasonable Standards?

by Elizabeth Snell

Being able to prove fault in a healthcare data breach class action lawsuit is inherently difficult, but it is also important to understand the privacy expectations, according to a recent Corporate Clients Insight blog post. Data breach cases...

Cybersecurity Attacks Hit 87% of Organizations in 2016

by Elizabeth Snell

A majority of organizations reported that they were affected by a cybersecurity attack last year, with one in three saying that they had been hacked more than five times in the past 12 months, according to a recent Bitglass report. In response,...

Healthcare Data Breach Risk Higher in Larger Facilities

by Elizabeth Snell

Having greater access to healthcare data, which is common in larger hospitals and teaching-focused facilities, can create a higher data breach risk, according to a recent study published by JAMA Internal Medicine. There is a “fundamental...

2016 Record Data Breach Year, Attackers Less Healthcare-Focused

by Elizabeth Snell

There were a record number of records compromised from data breaches in 2016, growing 566 percent in 2016 from 600 million to more than 4 billion, according to a recent IBM report. The 2017 IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index also found that...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Attacks Rise 320% from 2015 to 2016

by Elizabeth Snell

Most of the 2016 healthcare data breaches stemmed from hackers, with an overall increase in healthcare cybersecurity attacks of that kind rising 320 percent, according to recent research from Redspin. Specifically, 81 percent of the breached...

Appeals Court Vacates Horizon BCBS Data Breach Case

by Elizabeth Snell

The previously dismissed data breach case against Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of New Jersey was recently revived, as the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit vacated the dismissal and remands. The Court determined that the plaintiffs...

Delaware Health Data Breach Potentially Impacts 19K

by Kate Monica

At Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield in Delaware, two subcontractors suffered a breach leaving 16 self-insured customers and 19,000 Highmark members vulnerable to a potential attack. The incident came to light January 13, 2017 after the Delaware...

Healthcare Data Breaches, Ransomware Top Challenges in 2017

by Elizabeth Snell

The healthcare industry will likely continue to be plagued by technological issues, such as healthcare data breaches and ransomware attacks, going into next year, according to recent predictions. The latest Black Book poll of healthcare PR clients...

What is the Full Impact of a Healthcare Cybersecurity Attack?

by Elizabeth Snell

Large-scale healthcare data breaches are not new to the healthcare industry, and healthcare cybersecurity attacks are becoming more intricate and difficult to predict. However, the initial attack is not always where the story ends for covered...

Using Layered Security for Evolving Cybersecurity Threats

by Elizabeth Snell

The healthcare industry possesses large amounts of sensitive information, yet is consistently vulnerable to the evolving cybersecurity threats. Refusing to adapt to the changing threat landscape, and work to implement a layered security approach...

How Expensive are Cybersecurity Attacks, Data Breaches?

by Elizabeth Snell

While cybersecurity attacks and other data security incidents are on the rise, the actual costs of these types of scenarios are far less than previously reported, according to research from the Journal of Cybersecurity. Researchers examined over...

Unauthorized Access Affects 900K at Arizona Facility

by Elizabeth Snell

Arizona-based Valley Anesthesiology and Pain Consultants (VAPC) reported that it discovered unauthorized access on one of its computer systems, which potentially caused the information exposure of 882,590 patients. VAPC learned about the potential...

Learning from Banking to Mitigate Healthcare Data Breaches

by Elizabeth Snell

Learning the main motivational factors behind healthcare data breaches, how that data is monetized, and utilizing federal law enforcement agencies are all key factors in preventing future attacks, according to Brookings Institution’s Center...

How Insider Threats May Affect Healthcare Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

Malware attacks are becoming an increasingly major threat to covered entities, but if a recent report is any indication, insider threats could also lead to healthcare data security compromises. More than 200 C-level security executives and IT...

Healthcare Data Breach Costs Still Highest Among Industries

by Elizabeth Snell

The healthcare industry is no stranger to data breaches, and as technology continues to evolve, covered entities and their business associates need to be especially vigilant when it comes to keeping patient data secure. A healthcare data breach...

Do Employee Errors Jeopardize Healthcare Data Security?

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Many people have heard the adage that humans are not perfect. But, when it comes to patient information, human imperfections can lead to serious healthcare data security issues. In a recent survey from Experian Data Breach Resolution and Ponemon...

Majority of Healthcare Data Breaches Caused by Cyberattacks

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Cyberattacks were the top cause of healthcare data breaches in 2015, according to a recent study by Symantec Corporation on healthcare cybersecurity. The study showed that providers have shifted their views on healthcare cybersecurity to account...

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