Report: Healthcare accounts for 21 percent of data breaches worldwide

In the first half of 2015, there were more than 245.9 million records breached worldwide--with the largest impacting consumers of health insurance company Anthem.

The number of breaches so far this year has hit 888, according to a report from Breach Level Index, compared to 803 in the first half of 2014.

"The healthcare industry historically has had the highest number of data breaches, and that was no different in the first half of 2015," the report's authors write.

Healthcare accounted for 21.1 percent of the total breaches, according to the report.

The aforementioned Anthem is at the top of the report's most notable breaches, with nearly 80 million people impacted by the incident. By comparison, the No. 2 most notable breach--which hit the General Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs--impacted 50 million people.

The Anthem breach reached a score level of 10, which the report calls "catastrophic."

Electronic health record vendor Medical Informatics Engineering also was in the top 10 most notable hacks, with a score of 8.8 for a "severe" breach, according to the report.

Breaches in the healthcare industry are not slowing down as the second half of the year goes on. Case in point, on Wednesday it was announced that Rochester, New York-based Excellus BlueCross BlueShield suffered a breach that could put 10 million of its members' personal records at risk.

To learn more:
- read the report (.pdf)

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