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May 2014

Ponemon survey: Healthcare data breaches decrease despite BYOD risks

The good news about healthcare data breaches? They're going down in frequency and they are costing slightly less to address, despite risks accelerating because of bring your own device deployments throughout U.S. healthcare. 2014 data breach survey, by the numbers 91 healthcare organizations were represented in the final sample. In the 2011 survey, 42% of respondents were "confident" or "very confident" their organization could detect all patient data lost. This year, that rose to 53%. Organizations indicating "little or no confidence" in detecting lost data in 2011: 58%; in 2014: 47%. "Unintentional employee action" accounted for 41% to 46% of breaches, remaining steady 2011 to 2014. "Criminal attacks," however, doubled from accounting for 20% of breaches in the 2011 survey to 40% this year. In the 2014 survey, tablets accounted for 27% of healthcare data breaches caused by stolen devices. That's up from 7% in the 2012 survey, the first year they appeared. In contrast, stolen thumb drives accounted for 16% of device thefts in ...

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