Healthcare IT Data Breaches
Education in the Workforce
In Q2 of 2018, there were 142 Healthcare IT data breaches in the Healthcare sector, that’s well over 3 million patients who’s private information was exposed to security threats. So far, 2018 seems to be the year for online privacy protection concerns, but how do we prevent these issues in 2019?
The answer may seem simple, but it’s far from simple, education. Jessica Davis of Healthcare IT News, says that “Data Breaches highlight a continued issue facing the sector: Risk accumulates over time when proper education and reporting does not happen.”
This issue is not new. Over the last few years, security leaders have continually stressed the need to bolster education as the first line of defense – given the significant number of breaches caused by human error or malicious insiders.
In fact, the report found nine out of 1,000 employees breach patient privacy. And 70,562 breached patient records were caused by insider wrongdoing, which is up from just 4,597 records from the first quarter.
According to a 2017 MediaPro report, 70 percent of employees lack cybersecurity awareness of preparedness. While policies and training won’t automatically fixsecurity issues, it’s critical as they’re often the weakest link.
“Educating and retraining workforce members on data privacy and security policy and procedures can reduce the frequency of repeat offenders within the organization,” according to the Protenus report.
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