COVID-19 Pandemic Sparks Upswing in Healthcare Data Breaches

Health IT Security

Lisa Gentes-Hunt

The medical industry saw a spike in healthcare data breaches due to increased cyber vulnerabilities, according to a new report.

The 2021 Identity Breach Report, PII Fuelling the Threat Economy: How Crisis Creates Targeted Vulnerabilities for Individuals, Executives, and Brands, published by Constella Intelligence on July 30, found that the healthcare industry saw a 51% increase in breaches/leakages compared to 2019, according to a press release.

“Companies in the healthcare sector saw a 51% increase in the proportion of breaches and leakages in which their corporate credentials were exposed, as compared to last year’s report,” it states. “Due to their essential role, it has been well documented that healthcare companies and organizations are...

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