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Hacking Incidents, Vendor Breaches Keep Surging

“Analysis of Health Data Breach Trends So Far in 2021

… Behavioral health encounters carry the most private thoughts and concerns of an individual,” says Susan Lucci, senior privacy and security consultant at consulting firm tw-Security.

“If this trust is broken due to a security incident, the individual seeking guidance may not continue with the provider. HIPAA and other privacy rules have always carried stricter requirements to do more to protect these records from unauthorized access.”

All behavioral healthcare providers should exercise critical security steps to be sure that data is protected whether at rest or in transit, Lucci says.

For instance, “extra educational reminders for the workforce illustrating the numerous evolving methods cybercriminals will try to trick people into clicking on a link need to occur more frequently.”


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