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Top Industry for Cybersecurity Attacks and Data Breaches: Healthcare

Healthcare again led all industries in cybersecurity breaches in 2018, claiming a quarter of the more than 750 incidents reported, according to BakerHostetler’s latest Data Security Incident Response Report.

Social Security numbers were the most at risk at 37%.  Health information was the second most at-risk type of data in cyber incidents, making up fully a third of potentially compromised records. More than half (55%) of all incidents involved insider error or activity, according to the report.

In an analysis of 1,138 breach cases that occurred between 2009 and 2017, 53% originated inside the organization.

In this new report, phishing attacks were the leading cause of breaches, accounting for 37% across all industries. Network intrusions were close behind at 30%, with unpatched servers and remote desktop connections providing easy points of entry.

Once cybercriminals penetrate a system, their next steps most often involve accessing an Office 365 account (34%), roaming the network for available data (30%), installing ransomware (12%) or securing a wire transfer to the attacker’s account (8%), according to the report.

For ransomware victims, the report offers some sobering news: Nearly one in 10 times (9%) that a ransom was paid, no decryption key was received. The average ransom paid last year was $28,920.

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