Healthcare organisations reported a higher number of cybersecurity breaches to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) than any other UK sector in the 12 months leading up to March 2016, according to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request by Huntsman Security.
The request found that the healthcare industry reported 941 breaches to the ICO. This was far more than any other industry, with the next highest number being local government, which reported 202 incidents in total.
Overall, there were 959 more incidents to the ICO when compared with the previous 12 months. The increase was said to be driven mainly by human error and hackers managing to break through organisational defences.
Peter Woollacott, chief exec of Huntsman Security, warned that reported breaches only show the tip of the iceberg. He commented: “The average organisation is subject to multiple breaches, of which only some will be detected, so the figures reported to the IOC are likely to be understated.
“The root of the problem is that organisations are under such an intense barrage of cyber activity that threat alerts; many of which turn out to be benign are overwhelming cyber security teams. There is simply too much data to analyse and verify manually.”