A study published by JAMA Internal Medicine found large teaching hospitals are more likely to suffer data breaches, SC Magazine reports. The study found 216 hospitals accounted for 257 of the 1,798 data breaches between Oct. 21, 2009 and Dec. 31, 2016. Most of the affected hospitals were discovered to be teaching hospitals. Larger teaching hospitals are more likely to be targets due to more individuals having access to private patient data and aging infrastructure. “Due to tight budgets, aging systems and rich confidential data, hospitals will continue to be victimized by targeted attacks in 2017,” Plixer International CEO Michael Patterson said. “To avoid falling prey, insured contractors should be leveraged to patch systems and audit cyber defenses."
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