Cybercriminals Exploit Continued Healthcare Industry Disruption According to New Breach Barometer Report
More than 59.7M patient records breached as hackers redouble efforts in a challenging climate
BALTIMORE, February 21, 2023 (Newswire.com) - Over 59 million patient records were breached in 2022 according to a new report released today, the Protenus Breach Barometer®. Published by Protenus, a healthcare compliance analytics company that protects patient data for the nation's leading health systems, the annual report is the industry's definitive source for health data breach reporting review.
In 2022, the healthcare industry remained altered by the effects of the pandemic and The Great Resignation, resulting in nursing turnover, ongoing staffing shortages, increased remote and hybrid work, financial pressures, and increased "mega mergers". Cybercriminals have long targeted healthcare's vulnerabilities, and the continuing industry disruption created opportunities for exploitation. There were 956 reported health data breaches in 2022, up 5% from 905 reported in 2021, however the number of patient records breached increased 18% year over year to nearly 60 million.
The Breach Barometer also notes that insiders continue to be a risk, accounting for one in 10 healthcare data breaches. Insider behavior often gives outsiders a foothold for improper access to patient data and may have provided an entryway for the many hacking incidents behind the majority of 2022 breaches. Records breached by insider error alone skyrocketed 141% last year.
Nick Culbertson, CEO and Co-Founder of Protenus, stressed the importance of reducing insider risk, "A preventive, proactive approach is the only way to mitigate the significant breach risk insiders pose. Healthcare organizations need to look at whether they're truly able to monitor every access to patient data every day. The financial cost of a breach is staggering, but the reputational damage and impact on patient safety will have serious repercussions on affected healthcare organizations and their patients for years to come."
Incidents included in the analyses for this report were compiled and analyzed by DataBreaches.net, with additional research and analyses by Protenus.
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