Healthcare Breaches Spike 63% in 2016 – Infosecurity Magazine

The continued wave of cyberattacks impacting healthcare institutions in the United States increased by 63% year-over-year to a total of 93 major attacks.

A report from TrapX Labs also shows that sophisticated cyberattackers are now responsible for 31.42% of all major HIPAA data breaches reported in 2016, which is a 300% increase in the last three years.

To give some context as to how pervasive attacks on healthcare institutions have been, in 2014 cyber attackers were responsible for 9.77% of the total major HIPAA data breaches, and this increased in 2015 to 21.11%. These sophisticated and persistent cyber attackers are a huge threat to the protection of patient healthcare data and critical healthcare operations and ultimately present a direct physical risk to the patients themselves.

The five biggest healthcare cyberattacks of 2016, based on the number of protected health information (PHI) data records breached, begins with Banner Health, in an

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