For the first time, criminal attacks are the leading cause of data breaches in healthcare, with such attacks up 125 percent versus five years ago, replacing lost laptops as the top cybersecurity threat to the industry.

That is the finding of a new study by the Ponemon Institute, sponsored by security software and services vendor ID Experts, in which 45 percent of healthcare organizations indicate the root cause of their data breach was a criminal attack and 12 percent say it was due to a malicious insider.

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