Healthcare Data Breach Root Causes
Insider negligence was the biggest cause of data breaches among the 80 firms studied by Ponemon. Lost or stolen smartphones and tablets were a major problem, followed by employees exposing data unintentionally. Breaches tied to third-party service providers also contributed to a large portion of data breaches. Eighty-one percent of organizations permit BYOD, allowing employees and medical staff to connect their mobile devices to networks or enterprise systems such as email. Ponemon also found that a major challenge for IT security is the increase in criminal attacks, which has risen from 20 percent in 2010 to 33 percent in 2012.