Employees were the source of the majority of these breaches, which gave November the highest number of breach incidents this year.
November saw a 60 percent increase of breach incidents from October, at an average of two incidents per day. With 57 reported incidents, November saw the most breaches so far this year, according to the Protenus Breach Barometer released December 15.
Forty-seven of these incidents involved a total of 448,639 breached records, the report found. The largest single incident involved 170,000 patient records, which resulted from a third-party’s insider error.
The biggest cause for these losses? Employees (insiders), who caused 54 percent of the incidents. Seventeen breaches were a result of an error, but 14 were caused by insider wrongdoing, according to Protenus.
In comparison, only nine breaches were caused by hacking – down from October’s 14 incidents. Three of these attacks were caused by ransomware and another attack was extortion from cybercriminal…
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