More than a decade after its initial data breach, and more than a year after the initial breach at Equifax, the cybersecurity firm Mandiant has released its 2016 report detailing the data breaches that have rocked the healthcare sector over the past five years.
Mandiant said that in 2015, more than 1.4 billion consumers, businesses and businesses-as-a-service (BaaS) companies were exposed to data breaches.
The company said that nearly 3.2 million of those breaches occurred during the first five years of the decade.
Mandiant’s report also included data on data breaches by healthcare providers, such as HMOs, private insurance plans and healthcare services, as well as breaches by hospitals, health insurance plans, and healthcare IT firms.
The healthcare industry suffered a major data breach in January of 2016, when Anthem breached the personal data of more than 8 million people, including nearly 2.2 billion people who had Anthem health plans, according to Mandiant.
Anthem is now under investigation for notifying customers about the breach and the release of information from its breach, the company said in its report.
In 2017, the healthcare industry experienced an unprecedented number of data breaches, Mandiant said.
More than 1 billion consumers and businesses as a service (BaS) were exposed and nearly 3 million of them were healthcare IT companies.
Healthcare IT companies were hit hardest by the breaches that occurred during this period, with 2.8 million data breaches occurring during this time period.
Mandatory identity theft protection has increased by nearly $4 billion in the past year, Mandient said.
Mandient’s 2016 report also said that healthcare IT services providers had experienced an average of 3.3 data breaches every day.
In its 2017 report, Mandiance also found that in 2018, the number of healthcare IT systems breached in the U.S. had increased by more than 2.5 million systems.
The number of breaches in 2018 was the second-highest in Mandiant data, after a record-setting breach in 2016, Mandience said.
In 2019, the total number of medical IT systems compromised was estimated to be approximately 9.6 million, including 6.2 percent of all healthcare IT networks, the report said.
Mandient also found a large number of health IT companies and BaaS providers that had been hacked, and that the healthcare IT industry had been hit hardest, with more than 600,000 health IT systems and more to come.
The company said it was critical that all healthcare consumers and BaeS providers understand the cybersecurity threats that they face and take steps to safeguard themselves.
It also recommended that healthcare consumers consider purchasing their healthcare services from trusted providers and that healthcare providers implement best practices to protect themselves.
Read more about healthcare,business,federal government,security,Mandiant report,healthcare breachMandiant reported that, during the past three years, data security breaches at health care systems have been higher than at any time since its inception.
The annual breach rate for healthcare systems in the first three months of 2018 was 4.5 percent, compared with an annual rate of 3 percent for the entire year.
Mandiance also noted that the cybersecurity threat has improved dramatically since 2014, when the first Healthcare Security Incident Response Team (HSIRT) was created to help protect healthcare systems.
HSRTs were created to assist in the implementation of cybersecurity policies and procedures in the healthcare systems, according the report.HSIRT has since increased its number of HSRT members and trained a total of nearly 2,000 healthcare IT security personnel, including approximately 1,400 HSRTT members, according Mandiant in its 2016 research report.
In 2018, HSRTS had a total staff of about 3,000 people, with an additional 800 members of the HSR team, Mandathan said.