By Dan Raywood
The British healthcare system experienced 2447 incidents and accounted for 43% of all reported incidents between January 2014 and December 2016.
According to data received from the Information Commissioner’s office and analyzed by Egress Software Technologies, the number of incidents rose by 20% compared to the previous time period from 184 incidents in the last quarter of 2014, to 221 in the last quarter of 2016.
“Following the WannaCry exploit, the vulnerability of the healthcare industry, and the critical importance of improving its cybersecurity, has come into sharp focus,” said Tony Pepper, CEO and co-founder of Egress Software Technologies. “While it’s clear there is a security problem in healthcare, these figures show that it is as much about internal activity as external threat.”
The incidents were attributable to: theft or loss of paperwork (24%), data faxed or posted to incorrect recipient (19%), data sent by email to incorrect recipient (9%) and failure to redact data (5%).