A survey has found that a large portion of healthcare organisations in the UK experienced cyber-security incidents last year, which were mostly due to employees sharing data.

According to new research, in the last 12 months, 67 percent of healthcare organisations in the UK suffered a cyber-security incident.

The data was compiled by Clearswift, which surveyed senior business decision makers within healthcare organisations.

The findings revealed that 48 percent of incidents occurred as a result of viruses or malware from third-party devices, such as Internet of Things (IoT) devices or USB sticks.

A key cause for incidents included employees sharing information with unauthorised recipients, at 39 percent, with 37 percent as a result of users not following data protocol or protection policies. Malicious links in emails and on social media were the root of 28 percent of security incidents.

The report also highlights that Ransomware attacks have the biggest impact on IT spend and/or Trust board level involvement in cyber-security.

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