40% of healthcare breaches caused by unintended disclosure, says Beazley report

The most commonly cited cause of healthcare breaches is unintended disclosure, according to a Beazley survey of its cases in the first three quarters of 2016.

Beazley — a London, U.K.-based cybersecurity insurance company with offices in Asia, Australia, Middle East, South America and the United States — has noticed an increase in unintended disclosure incidents, which sat at only 28 percent in the first three quarters of 2015. The company credits this trend with the large amounts of data healthcare facilities share between organizations.

Here are the five most common causes of healthcare breaches:

1. Unintended disclosure: 40 percent

2. Hack or malware: 19 percent

3. Insider: 12 percent

4. Physical loss: 12 percent

5. Portable device: 9 percent

The remaining 8 percent of cases were attributed to "other" or unknown reasons.

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