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Criminal Attacks: The New Leading Cause of Data Breach in Healthcare
This year, we expanded the study beyond healthcare organizations to include business associates. This provides a broader and more holistic view of the healthcare industry and shows the impact third parties have on the privacy and security of healthcare data. With sensitive information flowing and new threats emerging daily, healthcare organizations and their business associates are at great risk for data breach. In fact, 91 percent of healthcare organizations and 59 percent of business associates experienced a data breach.
Since we began this study in 2010, we have seen a slight uptick in the investments healthcare organizations are making to protect healthcare information, but it is still not enough to address the rapidly changing cyber threat environment. Sadly, half of all healthcare organizations and business associates have little or no confidence that they have the ability to detect all patient data loss or theft.
The bottom line is that healthcare organizations and their business associates are a community of organizations that share vulnerable patient data—a community that provides a larger attack surface, and many points of access, for criminals who are becoming more adept at acquiring and exploiting personal information.
A complimentary copy of this study is available at www2.idexpertscorp.com/ponemon