Lost devices account for bulk of healthcare security incidents

Due to reporting guidelines, lost and stolen devices account for 45 percent of all breaches in Verizon’s new health care data breach report, accounting for 45 percent of around 2,000 incidents with total losses of more than 392 million records.

Miscellaneous errors, such as sending an email with data to the wrong address or forgetting to shred sensitive documents, accounted for another 20 percent, and privilege abuse — where, say, a curious employee looks up the health data of a celebrity — account for another 20 percent.

Crimeware, however, accounted for just 1.4 percent of incidents.

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