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Breach Tally: Hacking Incidents Still on the Rise

So far in 2017, hacking incidents continue to affect the largest number of individuals impacted by major health data breaches. As of March 9, 50 major breaches impacting 424,286 individuals have been added to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights’ “wall of shame” website of major breaches affecting 500 or more individuals.

Security expert Tom Walsh says it’s important to learn from the mistakes of others. His firm regularly reviews the corrective action plans that are part of HIPAA violation and breach investigation settlements posted on the OCR’s website “to look for the reasons cited by the OCR for fines.” Walsh notes that the most common reasons given by the OCR for financial settlements and fines are failure to:…..

 

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