More than 60 data breaches have been reported in the first six weeks of the country's new Notifiable Data Breach (NDB) scheme, with healthcare providers making up almost a quarter of the mandatory notifications.
Of the 63 notifications revealed in the first report by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner since the laws came into effect on February 22, legal, accounting and management services businesses made up 16 per cent, while finance institutions composed 13 per cent.
IBRS cyber security advisor James Turner said many companies in the healthcare sector still did not realise the gravity of the responsibility on their shoulders in terms of keeping people's data safe.
"I've been talking to healthcare providers around the traps and I'm stunned by the lack of awareness of the NDB scheme. I'm hoping the industry bodies and royal colleges are doing something to raise awareness," he said.