2019 Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report Findings

HIPAA Journal recently summarized key findings of the annual Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report. While the report is not specifically focused on healthcare, the trends at a macro level do seem to align with the types of breaches and cyber vulnerabilities that the healthcare industry news is rife with week after week.

Relevant findings include:

  • Financially motivated breaches fell from 76% to 71%

  • Phishing is involved in 32% of breaches and 78% of cyber-espionage incidents

  • 90% of malware arrived via email

  • 60% of web application attacks were on cloud-based email servers

  • Most email threats and BEC attacks only resulted in data breaches because multi-factor authentication had not been implemented

  • 52% of cyberattacks involve hacking

  • 34% of attacks involved insiders