CI Security Releases 2020 H1 U.S. Healthcare Data Breach Report
CI Security®, the mission-driven provider of Critical Insight™ Managed Detection and Response (MDR) services for critical systems and organizations, today announced the release of the 2020 H1 Healthcare Data Breach Report, which analyzes trends around reported data breaches and records breached from healthcare providers.
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Reports of healthcare breaches to the HHS have declined in the first half of 2020, according to a new report released by CI Security. Read on to learn the reasons for the drop and get access to the full report. (Graphic: Business Wire)
This has been a very challenging year since the first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in the U.S. was reported in January. Despite the outbreak starting in the first half of 2020, data analyzed from the Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Breach Portal shows that the number of patient data records breached dramatically declined during the early stages of the pandemic.
CI Security analysts assessment indicates that the number of breach reports in the first half of 2020 is down 10.4 percent compared to the second half of 2019, and the number of breached records is down nerly 83 percent, based on information that healthcare organizations are required to submit to HHS within 60 days of the discovery of any breach affecting more than 500 individual records.
"A combination of factors come into play for the numbers declining so precipitously during a global pandemic, including healthcare organizations misunderstanding HIPAA and COVID-19 exceptions issued during the pandemic, healthcare organizations simply being too busy to report, or organizations having been so distracted by the pandemic they are not aware they have already been breached," said Drex DeFord, Executive Healthcare Strategist, CI Security. "With the likely notion that most healthcare organizations are not accurately reporting attacks and breaches, this draws attention to the fact that there will likely be a dramatic increase in discovery in the next six months."
The emergence of the COVID-19 global pandemic caused organizations to change business and clinical practices rapidly from rolling out work-from-home for employees, driving exponential increases in telehealth visits, and urgently acquiring and installing equipment, including Internet of Things (IoT) and Internet of Medical Things (IoMT). Additionally, healthcare organizations extended capacity by quickly on-boarding previously retired clinicians, and temporary employees; added new locations for drive-thru testing and other needs; and connected to new suppliers.
CI Security anticipates that cyberattacks will surge over the next six months, given hospital records remain a high-value target for hackers; patient medical records are worth as much as ten times more than credit card numbers on the dark web. Healthcare organizations will require more cyber security vigilance than ever before.
The complete findings of the 2020 H1 Healthcare Data Breach Report can be downloaded on CI Security's website at https://cybersecurity.ci.security/2020-H1-Healthcare-Data-Breach-Report.
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