Network Intrusions and Ransomware Attacks Overtake Phishing as Main Breach Cause

HIPAA Journal

Steve Alder

Network intrusion incidents have overtaken phishing as the leading cause of healthcare data security incidents, which has been the main cause of data breaches for the past 5 years.

In 2020, 58% of the security incidents dealt with by BakerHostetler’s Digitial Assets and Data Management (DADM) Practice Group were network intrusions, most commonly involving the use of ransomware.

This is the 7th consecutive year that the BakerHostetler 2021 Data Security Incident Response (DSIR) Report has been published. The report provides insights into the current threat landscape and offers risk mitigation and compromise response intelligence to help organizations better defend against attacks and improve their incident response. The report is based on the findings of more than 1,250 data security incidents managed by the company in 2020, which included a wide variety of attacks on healthcare organizations and their vendors.

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