55% of healthcare breaches feature ransomware: report

Cybersecurity Dive

Samantha Schwartz

Dive Brief:

Researchers found ransomware in 55% of breaches, or 161 incidents, in the healthcare industry in a 14-month time period, according to a Tenable report released Wednesday. The Tenable Security Response Team (SRT) analyzed publicly disclosed breaches in 2020 and included analysis on activity in January and February of 2021.

Between January 2020 and February 2021, SRT found the healthcare industry had 293 breaches. Of those breaches, 93% led to record exposure.

The majority of compromised healthcare organizations, 93%, were able to identify the root cause of the breach. After ransomware, email compromise/phishing (21%), followed by...

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