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Health Sector Suffered 337 Healthcare Data Breaches in First Half of Year


By Jill McKeon

“While the number of healthcare cybersecurity reported breaches has leveled off after meteoric rises over the past several years, hospitals and health systems still cannot breathe a sigh of relief,” the report stated.

“The percentage of healthcare breaches attributed to malicious activity rose more than 5 percentage points in the first six months of 2022 to account for nearly 80 [percent] of all reported incidents.”

Fortified Health Security studied incident response, cyber program effectiveness, the MITRE ATT&CK framework, and the growing prevalence of artificial intelligence (AI) in cybersecurity to inform its mid-year report.

In its analysis of the OCR data breach portal, the organization found that healthcare providers accounted for 72 percent of the healthcare data breaches in the first half of the year, followed by business associates at 16 percent and health plans at 12 percent.

Despite 2022 numbers plummeting down by about 40 percent in terms of number of records affected compared to 2021, the number of records of affected in the first half of this year was 138 percent higher than the first half of 2020. More than 19 million records have been implicated in healthcare data breaches so far this year.“Equally disturbing is the small number […]

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