by Hannah Trum Senior Marketing Specialist
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HIPAA Breach Report for October 2020

by Hannah Trum Senior Marketing Specialist


The Paubox HIPAA Breach Report analyzes protected health information (PHI) breaches affecting 500 or more people as reported to the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) in September 2020.

This report will cover:

HIPAA Breaches Ranked by People Affected

HIPAA breaches ranked by people affected in October 2020 graph

Top Three Breach Types:

  • Network Server breaches ranked first (like the previous 3 months) with 8,737,959 people affected
  • Email breaches ranked second with 558,726 people affected
  • Desktop breaches ranked third with 310,000 people affected

HIPAA Breaches Ranked by Occurrence

HIPAA breaches ranked by occurrence in October 2020 graph

The Most Common

  • Network server breaches are the most common breach type this month, with 60 breaches in September
  • Email is the second most common breach type with 17 breaches last month
  • Electronic Medical Records are the third most common breach type with 5 breaches


Continuing with the previous months’ trend, network servers and email continue to be the top contributors to data breaches. However, this month, network server breaches were the largest breach source by a large margin.

Trinity Health had the largest breach in September, with 3,320,726 people affected via a network server. Inova Health Systems had the second-largest breach, with 1,045,270 people affected. This breach was also via a network server.

Full Data

Click here to view the raw data via Google Sheets.

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 2020.