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Former Hospital CIO Finds 177% Increase as Hackers Breached 21.3M Healthcare Records in 2H of 2020


What You Should Know:

– As the fallout of COVID-19 continues to plague healthcare systems and hospitals, cybercriminals took a notable interest in these entities through malicious hacking incidents in the second half of 2020.

In a new CI report released , Drex DeFord, former CIO at Scripps Health., Seattle Children’s, Steward Healthcare, and strategic healthcare executive for CI Security , found that in the second half of the year, more than 21.3 million records were breached, an increase of 177% from nearly 7.7 million records breached in the first half of 2020.

– Rather than other causes such as unauthorized disclosure, improper disposal, theft, or loss, 97% are attributed to malicious hacking incidents.

– Nearly 75% of all records breached were tied to third parties rather than the healthcare providers, health plans or healthcare clearinghouses. That’s up from 46% in the first half of 2020.

– For more information about the report, click here .

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