2020 was a bad year for US healthcare providers, who had to deal with a high number of cyber security incidents in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hacking incidents affected the industry greatly last year, accounting for more than 67% of all breaches and revealed the personal data of tens of millions of people.
Higher number of violations
Threat protection company Bitglass analyzed data from the US Department of Health and Human Services and found that the number of healthcare violations reported in 2020 increased to 599, a jump of more than 50% compared to the previous year (386) .
However, despite the increase in incidents, the total number of affected is slightly lower compared to 2019.
The analysis of violations by state shows that California had the highest number of incidents, 49 cases, with Texas to follow with 43.
New York with 39 violations, and Florida and Pennsylvania, each with 38 violations, are next on the list.
Looking at the states with the largest number of people affected, Michigan ranks first, largely because of a single incident in Trinity Health's healthcare system.
On average, the cost per violation in 2020 was $ 499 and the recovery took about 236 days. Also, the downside is that the institutions It takes 96 days for healthcare to detect a breach, more than any other industry.
Although the Bitglass report does not analyze the type of hacking incidents, ransomware attacks probably represent a significant percentage.
A Check Point report released earlier this year described Ryuk and REVIL as top threats for the global healthcare sector.
Source of information: bleepingcomputer.com