The Paubox Breach Report analyzed HIPAA breach reporting submitted to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) in January to analyze the types of breaches of unsecured protected health information (PHI) affecting 500 or more people.
HIPAA Breaches Ranked by People Affected
Top Three Breach Types
- Network Server breaches ranked the highest with 279,865 people’s PHI hacked or stolen in January. Network Server remained at the top spot for a second consecutive month.
- Email breaches ranked second with PHI of 83,973 people breached.
- Paper/Films breaches came in a distant third with 13,514 people having their PHI breached.
Bottom Three Breach Types
- Laptop ranked as the lowest number of people’s PHI being breached in January with 1,050 breaches.
- Electronic Medical Record breaches ranked second lowest at 2,226.
- Desktop Computer were the third lowest type of breach as ranked by people affected with 6,249.
HIPAA Breaches Ranked by Occurrence
The Most Common
- Paper/Films ranked as the most common breach types in January with 7 reported breaches.
- Email came in as the second most common breach type with 3 incidents.
- Desktop Computer and Electronic Medical Record came in tied for third with 2 reported breaches.
The Least Common
- Laptop, Network Server, and Other all tied for last with with 1 breach each.
Network Server remained in the dubious top spot for the second straight month as the highest ranking breach vector for people’s PHI to get stolen or lost.
Email ranked second for both HIPAA breaches ranked by people affected and for breaches ranked by occurrence.
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About the Paubox HIPAA Breach Report
The Paubox HIPAA Breach Report analyzes breaches that affected 500 or more individuals as reported in the HHS Wall of Shame in January 2018.
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