Healthcare Industry Sees Respite From Attacks in First Half of 2020

DarkReading

Robert Lemos

The number of breaches disclosed by healthcare companies to the US government declined slightly in the first half of the year compared with the latter half of 2019, according to a new analysis of the data provided by the US Department of Health and Human Services.

The analysis found the number of breach reports declined 10% in the first half of 2020 compared with the previous six months, and the number of compromised records fell by a stunning 83%. Combined with a previously reported decline in reported ransomware attacks on healthcare organizations, the study suggests healthcare companies are seeing fewer cyberattacks.

The reason for the respite, however, is not clear. The data could suggest that...

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