by Hoala Greevy Founder CEO of Paubox
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HIPAA Breach Report for October 2017

by Hoala Greevy Founder CEO of Paubox

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The Paubox Breach Report analyzed HIPAA breach reporting submitted to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) in September to analyze the types of breaches of unsecured protected health information (PHI) affecting 500 or more people.

HIPAA Breaches Ranked by People Affected

Paubox HIPAA Breach Report: October 2017 - Breaches Ranked by People Affected

Top Three Breach Types

  • Email breaches ranked the highest with 206,994 people’s PHI hacked or stolen in September. That’s up over 600% from last month’s total of 33,334.
  • Network Server breaches ranked second with PHI of 182,782 people breached.
  • Desktop Computer breaches came in third with 18,317 people having their PHI breached.

Bottom Three Breach Types

  • Electronic Medical Record ranked as the lowest number of people’s PHI being breached in September with 3,109.
  • Laptop breaches ranked second lowest at 4,869.
  • Other were the third lowest type of breach as ranked by people affected with 5,127.

HIPAA Breaches Ranked by Occurrence

Paubox HIPAA Breach Report: October 2017 - Breaches Ranked by Occurrence

The Most Common

  • Email came in as the most common breach in September with 13 reported breaches affecting 500 or more people’s PHI.
  • Network Server came in as the second most common breach type with 6 incidents.
  • Desktop Computer and Other came in third with 5 breaches.

The Least Common

  • Laptop, Paper/Films and Electronic Medical Record rounded out the bottom of the category with 2 reported breaches each.


Email breaches took the top spot for both number of people affected and number of reported breaches. As a HIPAA breach vector, email has consistently ranked in the top quadrant this year.

Full Data

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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 September 2017.

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