Healthcare is the most cyber attacked industry according to the 2016 IBM X-Force Cyber Security Intelligence Index. In the same report just a year ago — when financial services held the top spot — healthcare wasn’t even in the top six.
The IBM report states that more than 100 million patient records globally were breached last year. Those figures are likely to be much higher when they are tallied for year-end 2016. Statistics from a recent HIPPA Journal mid-year summary of major healthcare data breaches confirms IBM’s findings and states that some of the cyberattacks on healthcare providers and health insurers resulted in staggering amounts of data being stolen.