You know that data breaches (across industries) have made the big time when you are looking at Bloomberg's Businessweek Year in Review issue and this topic is highlighted. Here are some startling numbers:
- 262,812,546 confirmed number of records exposed or stolen from more than 800 incidents.
- 37% rise in the number of hacking incidents over last year.
- Hacking as the most common breach: 81%
- Stolen hardware 4.4%
- Virus phishing 2.7%
- Lost hardware 2.1%
- Other 9.8%
It is unclear where Bloomberg got these numbers. Anecdotally it is surprising to see hacking as the most common breach because in healthcare this does not appear to be the case (yet). Obviously, getting hard/reliable information regarding data breaches will continue to be a challenge, but the problem is big and BIGGER. The "bad guys" are quite sophisticated and will follow the data the leads to money. Healthcare in particular is quite rich from an identity theft perspective.
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