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Healthcare's Biggest Cyber Challenge: Human Error

A Recent Study Shows That Most Breaches Are Caused By Employees

By John Davidson - October 20, 2017

Breaches of Protected Health Information (PHI) have been in the news a lot lately. In a recent report by Beazley (a specialty risk insurance company), it shows that 41% of data breaches are the restult of unintended disclosure (human error). 

Human Error is almost twice the level of the second highest cause of loss, which is from a 'hack or malware' (19%). 

The third highest cause of loss is when employees snoop in patients files without permission or a work reason (15%), which again show the need for increased training and contols. 

According to the study the average settlements for PHI breaches increased to $1.8M in 2016-17, compared to $1M in 2014-15. 

For more information, check out the Beazely Study: