back to article Biggest security threat to US healthcare? Loose lips and lost hardware

US healthcare breach incidents have dropped off in the year to date after hitting an all-time high in 2016. During 2016, a total of 328 US healthcare firms reported data breaches, up from 268 in 2015 (the year of the Anthem health insurance mega-breach). A study by security firm Bitglass reports that the actual volume of …

  1. a_yank_lurker Silver badge


    One breach I would like to see included is when DH(In)S demands the password to work laptop that has access to HIPAA information. As for the causes, I am not surprised that most breaches involve lost kit and routine brain-freezes with a few disgruntled ex-insiders thrown in.

  2. SotarrTheWizard

    My oldest used to work in heathcare. . . .

    . . . . and she noted that most systems in the hospital had a shared password.

    That password was "password".

    600 beds, sprawling campus. . . .and two IT guys. Neither of which were over 30.

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