- 58% of healthcare systems breach attempts involve inside actors, which makes this the leading threat
- Ransomware leads all malicious code categories, responsible for 70% of breach attempt incidents
- Stealing laptops from medical professionals’ cars to obtain privileged access credentials to gain access and install malware on healthcare networks, exfiltrate valuable data or sabotage systems and applications are all common breach strategies
- These are fascinating insights are from Verizon’s 2018 Protected Health Information Data Breach Report (PHIDBR)
- A copy of the study is available for download here (PDF, 20 pages, no opt-in)
- The study is based on 1,368 incidents across 27 countries
- Healthcare medical records were the focus of breaches, and the data victims were patients and their medical histories, treatment plans, and identities
- Most healthcare breaches are motivated by financial gain, with healthcare workers most often using patient data to commit tax return and credit fraud.