Government cannot track cyber attacks, survey finds
Almost 90% of healthcare agencies were the victims of a data violation in the past 2 years, and 45% had more than 5 data breaches during that similar time period.
Criminal attacks are the major cause of these health data breaches, with 50% of healthcare agencies and 41% of business associates reporting such attacks, while worker mistakes, third-party snafus, and stolen computer tools are the cited reasons for the other violations.
Those are among the conclusions of a latest study by the Ponemon Institute, sponsored by software and services vendor ID Experts, in which denial-of-service attacks; malware, ransomware, and phishing are enlisted as the top cyber risks confronting healthcare agencies and business associates.
As the cyber risk has sustained to increase, 79% of healthcare agencies experienced various data breaches (2 or more) in the past 2 years—up 20% since the year 2010. And, 34% of healthcare agencies experienced 2 to 5 breaches.
Rick Kam, president of ID Experts, point outs that the 2016 report is the 6th annual report gave in partnership with the Ponemon Institute and that the there is not much change in the statistics over the passage of time. “That in itself appears to be a problem,” he states. “The figures, frequency, and intensity of breaches in the healthcare sector sustain to be high.”
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