Insiders caused more than half of healthcare breaches in 2018: 4 notes

Healthcare is the only industry where data breaches perpetrated by insiders outnumbered those that originated from external sources last year, according to Verizon's "2018 Data Breach Investigations Report."

Verizon analyzed more than 53,000 cybersecurity incidents that occurred in 2018, including 2,216 confirmed data breaches, across nine industries: accommodation, education, financial, healthcare, information, manufacturing, professional, public and retail.

Four of the report's healthcare findings:

1. In 2018, the healthcare industry experienced 536 confirmed data breaches stemming from 750 incidents. This represents the greatest number of confirmed data breaches compared with the other eight industries.

2. Forty-three percent of data breaches reported by healthcare entities in 2018 originated externally, while 56 percent of incidents were attributed to insiders.

3. Thirty-five percent of data breaches resulted from error, while 24 percent were attributed to misuse.

4. Data breaches in healthcare primarily targeted medical information (79 percent), personal information (37 percent) and payment data (4 percent).

To download the complete report, click here.

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