Insider Threats

June 20, 2016

While ransomware and cyber attacks are increasing, there is also another aspect of privacy and security that healthcare organizations should be aware of: insider threats. Whether malicious or accidental, breaches caused by insiders are associated with the amount of access employees have to sensitive data and a lack of proactive monitoring.

Statistics relating to insider threats include:

  • 57% of covered entities and 59% of business associates experienced a data breach with internal root causes.
  • OCR has issued settlements stemming from insider breaches, including a monetary settlement of $1.7 million.
  • While training can be the key to reducing the threats posed by insiders, only 31% of respondents rate the effectiveness of their security training and awareness activities as “very good” or “excellent”, and 43% of organizations only offer one basic security training course for all employees.

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