More than half of all healthcare data breaches reported during 2017 could be traced back to people on the inside of victim organisations, according to an annual study by Verizon.The company’s latest Protected Health Information Data Breach Report (PHIDBR) looked at 1,368 mostly US examples, identifying 782 (57.5 per cent) as having an insider element.A further 571 (42 per cent) were external attacks, 80 (5.9 per cent) happened via partners, and 69 (5.1 per cent) involved collusion between entities on the inside or outside.PHIDBR is a more detailed breakdown of data from Verizon’s Data Breach Investigations Report from April and comes almost a year in arrears.For 382 of the insider breaches no motive could be attributed, while more half were driven by money. More surprisingly, 94 insider breaches were caused by “funcuriosity” medical staff sneaking a look at the records of famous people, family members or acquaintances without authorisation.

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