Ransomware Attacks Account for Almost Half of Healthcare Data Breaches

HIPAA Journal

Steve Alder

A new report published by Tenable has revealed almost half of all healthcare data breaches are the result of ransomware attacks, and in the majority of cases the attacks were preventable.

According to the Tenable Research 2020 Threat Landscape Retrospective Report, 730 data breaches were reported across all industry sectors in the first 10 months of 2020 and more than 22 billion records were exposed. 8 million of those records were exposed in healthcare data breaches.

Healthcare registered the highest number of data breaches of any industry sector between January and October 2020, accounting for almost a quarter (24.5%) of all reported data breaches, ahead of technology (15.5%), education (13%), and the government (12.5%).

Due to the high number of healthcare data breaches, Tenable researchers analyzed those breaches to identify the main causes and found that ransomware attacks accounted for 46.4% of all reported data breaches, followed by...

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