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Health Data Breach Tally: Trends in 2019

Hacking Attacks, Business Associate Incidents Were Common

… “If you combine hacking and unauthorized access – the [breach reporting] categories most often used for ransomware incidents – then you see the biggest trend and shift in breached data,” notes Susan Lucci, senior privacy and security consultant at tw-Security.

The volume of breaches posted to the federal tally appears to be rising, “which should worry everyone” Lucci observes.

“The increase in business associate breaches should serve as a solemn reminder to all covered entities to vet your BAs carefully. Ask for evidence of compliance and ensure their workforce education includes robust training on phishing and ransomware,” she says.

Ransomware attacks are sophisticated and evolving. People can easily make a mistake and click on an email they think is from a legitimate source and shut down an entire organization.”


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