Increase in Number of Breaches
The Office of Civil Rights has reported a consistent increase in the number of breaches over the last few months. There was a total of 41 breaches in April affecting a greater number of people than previous months. The breaches affected a total of 894,874 records
Unauthorized Access a Cause of Breaches
The healthcare industry continues to be a big target for hackers. Despite this the biggest cause of breaches was unauthorized access/disclosure incidents. It is likely that cyber security defenses have been effective in preventing hackers from gaining access to data.
Phishing is a Problem
One main cause of healthcare breaches in the month of April was due to phishing attacks. It appears that in April nine cases of successful phishing attack related breaches were reported. It will be important in the future to improve technology to prevent emails from being delivered to inboxes of healthcare workers.