Criminal attacks against healthcare data increased 125 percent since 2010 and now are the leading cause of data breach, according to the “Fifth Annual Benchmark Study on Privacy & Security of Healthcare Data,” by the Ponemon Institute, a data privacy and security organization, and sponsored by ID Experts.

Nearly 45 percent of data breaches in healthcare are a result of criminal activity, 78 percent of healthcare organizations and 82 percent of business associates, including patient billing, health plans, claims processing and cloud services, had web-borne malware attacks. And yet, only 40 percent of healthcare organizations said they are concerned about cyber attacks.

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