Last year—as has been the case for the past several years—data breaches rose across multiple industries in the United States, according to new data from the Identity Theft Resource Center. That 17% increase may be especially hazardous in urgent care and other healthcare settings, wherein the risk is exposure of not only financial information but also sensitive, confidential medical data. Hacking accounts for the greatest number of breaches, following by “unauthorized access.” As we’ve told you previously, healthcare facilities bear a greater burden to protect the customer information they mine by virtue of HIPAA regulations. You don’t want to fall victim to phishing, data theft, or online theft either, of course. To learn more about ways to protect your patients’ information and your business itself, read Education Is Key To Avoiding Increasingly Sophisticated Cyber Crime in the JUCM archive.
Data Breaches Are on the Rise—Again. Are You Protected?