1 in 3 ransomware attacks target healthcare companies, report suggests

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Healthcare breaches made up 37 percent of all ransomware incidents in the third quarter, according to a Beazley report.

For the report, Beazley — a London-based cybersecurity insurance company with offices in Asia, Australia, South America, the Middle East and the United States — analyzed data breaches that affected its clients during the third quarter of 2018 across several industries including healthcare, financial services and higher education.

Here are the top five causes of data breaches in healthcare, according to Beazley's third-quarter data:

1. Accidental disclosure: 32 percent

2. Hack or malware: 30 percent

3. Insider: 17 percent

4. Physical loss or non-electronic record: 9 percent

5. Portable device: 6 percent

For comparison, here are the top five causes of data breaches across industries:

1. Hack or malware: 47 percent

2. Accidental disclosure: 20 percent

3. Insider: 10 percent

4. Social engineering: 8 percent

5. Portable device: 6 percent

To view Beazley's report, click here.

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