68% of Healthcare Data Breaches Due to Device Loss or Theft, Not Hacking

Jasmine Pennic reports:

68 percent of all healthcare data breaches since 2010 are due to device theft or loss, according to the 2014 Healthcare Breach Report from Bitglass. Despite the recent headlines of hacker attacks to hospitals, only 23 percent of healthcare data breaches were a result of cybercriminals compromising networks and exfiltrating data. The findings come from analyzing data on the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ “The Wall of Shame,” a database of breach disclosures required as part of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

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