Report shows scale of healthcare data breaches

Figures released by data security firm Egress suggest that human error remains the main cause of personal data breaches.

Nearly a fifth of all data breaches (18%) were reported in healthcare, and according to the 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report from Verizon, healthcare was the only industry where the insider threat created more data breaches than external attacks.

Tony Pepper, CEO of Egress said: “The healthcare sector persistently tops the list when analysing the sectors affected by data breaches. Why this particular industry continues to suffer from internal breaches is worrying and the sector must quickly take action to identify how it can work towards mitigating the insider threat.”

The figures were obtained by a Freedom of Information request and analysed breaches across industries. Healthcare topped the list followed central and local government, and education.

The top five were:

  1. 18% were reported within Healthcare
  2. 16% were reported within Central and Local Government
  3. 12% were reported within Education
  4. 11% were reported within Justice and Legal
  5. 9% were reported within Financial Services



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