Experts Insight On Almost 40 Million Healthcare Records Stolen Or Leaked In 2019

It has been reported by the HIPPA Journal that more than 38 million healthcare records were exposed in breaches throughout 2019. October in particular was the month with the highest number of data breaches being formally reported by the healthcare sector. 28 of the incidents were caused by unauthorized access or disclosure, while 18 of them originated from hacking or IT incidents. This shows that the healthcare industry is still a target that is both appealing and easy to attack.

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Javvad Malik, Security Awareness Advocate,  KnowBe4
November 27, 2019
Encryption, multi-factor authentication, data access models and such all exist.
Healthcare information is some of the most sensitive of personal information. While it is important to have healthcare information readily available to medical professionals, care needs to be taken that the information is not made available to criminals trying to gain access. It's not that there is a lack of data protection tools and procedures. Encryption, multi-factor authentication, data acce ....
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Ilia Kolochenko, Founder and CEO,  ImmuniWeb
November 27, 2019
The reported number is composed of identified and reported breaches, but that is just the tip of the iceberg.
“Considerably more health records are currently being sold via the Dark Web. Even if we ignore old dumps, duplicates and fakes, we will likely arrive at a substantially higher number. The reported number is composed of identified and reported breaches, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. Most of the breaches are, however, never detected due to their sophistication or inadequate level of cyb ....
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Javvad Malik, Security Awareness Advocate,  KnowBe4
November 26, 2019
Encryption, multi-factor authentication, data access models and such all exist.
Healthcare information is some of the most sensitive of personal information. While it is important to have healthcare information readily available to medical professionals, care needs to be taken that the information is not made available to criminals trying to gain access. It's not that there is a lack of data protection tools and procedures. Encryption, multi-factor authentication, data acce ....
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Dean Ferrando, Systems Engineer Manager – EMEA,  Tripwire
November 26, 2019
When retaining this kind of data, it is critical to choose an encryption solution.
To ensure patients’ care and safety, healthcare organizations must ensure that their environment is duly protected against unauthorized changes and misconfigurations, which can make their environment susceptible to a cyber-attack. Given the increased cyber-attacks against healthcare organizations, it is simply no longer sufficient to merely be compliant with security frameworks. When retaining t ....
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