US Healthcare Data Breaches Are Occurring More Frequently

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Globally, healthcare was racked with more cybersecurity breaches than any other industry in 2018, accounting for 25% of 750 reported incidents, per law firm BakerHostetler’s latest report.

Hackers have put health records in their crosshairs: Health information was the second most at-risk type of data in cybersecurity threats. This trend was particularly evident in the US, where health firms suffered a record 365 data breaches in 2018, up from 2017’s high of 358.

Despite healthcare’s mounting cybersecurity threat, the industry’s security measures haven’t kept pace — painting a gloomy picture for 2019.

Here’s what it means: US health organizations aren’t bearing down on cybersecurity efforts — and they’re facing the costly consequences.

Health systems and hospitals are shirking industry cybersecurity standards. For example, conformance to HIPAA security rules fell from 74% in 2017 to 72% in 2018, according to a 2019 report from cybersecurity consulting firm Cynergistek.

The repercussions are costly: When breaches expose sensitive information, HIPAA privacy rules are violated — and health systems have to pay up. The US government doled out a new high of $26 million in HIPAA penalties in 2018. Moreover, health firms lose nearly 7% of their customers following a data breach — the highest of any industry.

The bigger picture: We expect another uptick in US health breaches in 2019 as counterefforts stagnate.

Cybersecurity is no longer US health firms’ top priority. Privacy and security toppled to health firms’ third-highest priority in 2018 — down from its first in 2017— despite the intensifying risk of attack. …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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