If you think the healthcare industry is the only sector plagued by data breaches involving protected health information, think again. An analysis from Verizon Enterprise Solutions finds that 90 percent of studied industries have experienced a PHI data breach outside of traditional healthcare settings.
Of the 20 sectors that Verizon evaluated, only two—the utilities and management industries—had no reported PHI breaches. “It was surprising to see how broad the problem is,” says Suzanne Widup, lead author of the Verizon 2015 Protected Health Information Data Breach Report which is slated for release in December. “It’s probably a surprise to the organizations that are suffering these kinds of breaches as well.”
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