But the top cause of data breaches, accounting for 42 percent of cases and 472 incidents, was theft of equipment or information by unknown outsiders or by current or former employees, the study found.
This confirms my research. We worry about mysterious hackers lurking in cyberspace just waiting to pounce on our data. However most reported data breaches are NOT hackers. The largest category, by far, is stolen hardware. Which – by the way – hardly ever results in actual patients data being exploited.