Healthcare Data Breaches Most Common Threats to Date in 2021

Health IT Security

Lisa Gentes-Hunt

Data breaches in the first six months of 2021 increased slightly in the United States and healthcare data breaches remain at the top of the most-breached sector list, according to a new report.

Risk Based Security released its 2021 data breach and vulnerability reports on August 4.

“Unfortunately, it’s not surprising to see the Healthcare sector once again in the top position as the most breached economic sector,” the report notes. “Healthcare has been at or near the top of the chart since at least 2017.”

Inga Goddijn, executive vice president of Risk Based Security, said in an interview with HealthITSecurity that healthcare providers are an attractive target for cyberattacks, which is dangerous for the industry.

The 2021 Mid Year Data Breach QuickView Report studied 1,767 publicly reported data breaches in the first half of 2021.

“The healthcare sector remains...

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