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Ransomware Tops List of Health-Care Data Breach Threats

May 7, 2019, 9:46 AM

Ransomware is the top data breach threat facing health-care organizations, highlighting the need for better employee training, according to research from Bloomberg Law.

Ransomware attacks were the leading cause of 68 of 602 health-care data breaches reported to the government between 2016 and 2018 and resolved by March 2019, a Bloomberg Law analysis found. Mailing errors were second, accounting for 52 of the data breaches.

The attacks often piggyback on email attachments, and a lack of training can lead employees to click on them and give hackers full access to an organization’s network. Once inside the network, hackers can freeze...

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