Data breaches in the healthcare industry were most likely caused by outside hacking in July, the first month in 2017 in which threats from outside healthcare organizations exceeded insider breaches, according to Protenus, a security firm that tracks industry breaches.

Hacking attacks in healthcare exceeded inside breaches both in frequency and number of affected patients, says Protenus, which publishes a monthly “Breach Barometer” report. The company offers technology that enables hospitals to understand who in the facility should be accessing the electronic health record system.

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