The Department of Veterans Affairs saw a 158 percent spike in data breaches in the month of April, with 987 veterans affected by the data breaches—of which almost 75 percent of those incidents involved the exposure of protected health information.

VA reported the 738 PHI-related incidents to the Department of Health and Human Services in accordance with the HITECH Act, according to the agency’s monthly report to Congress.  The department states in its report that it uses a “defense-in-depth” approach to information security and, while this strategy protects data from inbound threats, VA “relies on employees to protect Veteran information they handle and transmit.”

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