According to the monthly report from the Identity Theft Resource Center, the health care industry suffered more data breaches in January than government, educational and financial sectors combined.
Medical and health care-related data breaches accounted for 26.7 percent of the verified 116 data breaches in early 2018. The report defines a breach as a cybersecurity incident in which personal information such as emails, medical records, Social Security numbers or driver’s license information, is exposed and made vulnerable to risk.
While the report identifies “Business” as the sector most affected by data breaches, the category broadly encompasses many types of major service providers in retail, hospitality, trade, transportation and other industries.
For more detailed statistics of data breaches by industry, download the ITRC report.