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Healthcare data breaches hit all-time high in 2021, impacting 45M people

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Healthcare data breaches hit all-time high in 2021, impacting 45M people

2021 is a breach baby

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  • Cybersecurity breaches hit an all-time high in 2021. 45 million individuals were affected by healthcare attacks, up from 34 million in 2020.

  • The total number of breaches only rose 2.4% from 663 in 2020 to 679 in 2021 but still hit historic highs. Cyberattacks against health plans jumped 35% from 2020 to 2021, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Cyberattacks against providers declined slightly after peaking in 2020. Hacking/IT incidents are the most common cause of breaches with an increase of 10% in 2021.

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