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Delaware Health Data Breach Potentially Impacts 19K

January 19, 2017 - At Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield in Delaware, two subcontractors suffered a breach leaving 16 self-insured customers and 19,000 Highmark members vulnerable to a potential attack. The incident came to light January 13, 2017 after the Delaware Department of Insurance released the information to the public. The two subcontractors that fell victim to the breach were Summit Reinsurance Services,...


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Delaware Health Data Breach Potentially Impacts 19K

by Kate Monica

At Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield in Delaware, two subcontractors suffered a breach leaving 16 self-insured customers and 19,000 Highmark members vulnerable to a potential attack. The incident came to light January 13, 2017 after the Delaware...

Healthcare Ransomware Attacks Fuel Protection Market Growth

by Elizabeth Snell

As healthcare continues to digitize medical records and increase its use of ePHI, it is also making it a larger target for ransomware attacks, according to recent research. The healthcare industry is also facing more ransomware attacks than any...

Southcentral Foundation Cyberattack Affects 14K in AK

by Kate Monica

Alaska-based Southcentral Foundation recently announced on its website that it experienced a data breach regarding PHI on October 18, 2016. Employee email accounts were potentially accessed during a cyberattack. The incident involved the potentially...

Quest Diagnostics Data Breach Affects 34K Patients

by Elizabeth Snell

Quest Diagnostics recently announced that it became aware of a PHI data breach on November 28, 2016, that may have involved the information of 34,000 patients. On November 26, 2016, an unauthorized third party accessed the MyQuest by Care360®...

How FTC Ransomware Prevention Tips Can Apply to Healthcare

by Elizabeth Snell

When it comes to ransomware in healthcare, the ramifications can be especially devastating. Not only could providers potentially be locked out of their own EHR systems, but patient care could be hindered. Organizations should take note of ransomware...

HIPAA Audits, Ransomware, Mobile Security Top 2016 Headlines

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare data security is an ever-evolving area, with covered entities constantly working to ensure that they have the necessary tools in place to keep patient data safe. Over the past year, data breaches continued to be a hot topic in healthcare,...

IDC Predicts Healthcare Ransomware Attacks to Double by 2018

by Elizabeth Snell

Numerous industries have been working to combat, prevent, and mitigate malicious malware attacks. The healthcare sector has found itself particularly vulnerable to such attacks, and research has shown that the number of healthcare ransomware...

Healthcare Top Target in Gatak Ransomware Attacks

by Elizabeth Snell

The healthcare industry is one of the most common victims of the Gatak ransomware attacks, according to research from Symantec. The Gatak Trojan will lead victims to a website that offers key generators for pirated software, and is the majority...

Half of Businesses Report Ransomware Attack in Past Year

by Elizabeth Snell

An increase in IT security spending and adjusting security strategies to focus on mitigation are two of the most common responses businesses listed after becoming the victim of a ransomware attack in the last year, according to a recent survey....

Potential Horizon BCBS Data Breach for 170K from Printing Error

by Elizabeth Snell

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ) announced earlier this month that one of its vendors potentially exposed the information of up to 170,000 members in a potential data breach. Command Marketing Innovations (CMI) did...

Healthcare Ransomware: To Pay or Not to Pay?

by Elizabeth Snell

An increasingly popular area of concern for healthcare organizations is whether or not they should give into potential healthcare ransomware demands. Should a hospital pay thousands of dollars to regain access to data, or should it just move...

Education, Planning Critical in Ransomware Preparation

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare ransomware has quickly become one of the top cybersecurity concerns for both covered entities and business associates. Without proper training and a thorough backup plan, organizations could find themselves in trouble should an attack...

Health Data Hacking Incident Affects 29K at Texas Hospital

by Elizabeth Snell

Texas-based Integrity Transitional Hospital recently reported a health data hacking incident that may have affected the information of 29,514 patients, according to the Office for Civil Rights data breach reporting tool. Integrity explained in...

Phishing Scam Creates Potential Patient Data Exposure in MA

by Elizabeth Snell

Massachusetts-based Baystate Health recently announced that several of its employees had fallen victim to a phishing scam, which potentially exposed the information of approximately 13,000 patients. Baystate learned on August 22, 2016 that five...

How Can Covered Entities Best Prepare for Ransomware Threats?

by Bill Kleyman

Please don’t turn a blind eye to ransomware threats, or think “it won’t happen to me.” Because it can, and it very well may. Today, healthcare has already become a digital entity with more digital assets and very sensitive...

Many Healthcare Ransomware Attacks Impact Providers, Patients

by Elizabeth Snell

When a covered entity is impacted by a healthcare ransomware attack, the recovery process is not always easy. Not only will daily operations likely be impacted, but patients could also feel the effects. Whether the ransomware caused patient records...

How User Training Affects Healthcare Ransomware Preparation

by Elizabeth Snell

Covered entities and business associates have numerous areas to consider when it comes to preparing against potential healthcare ransomware threats. It is not enough to just install firewalls and anti-virus software. Organizations need to implement...

Healthcare Ransomware Increasing, Education Sector Top Target

by Elizabeth Snell

The rate of ransomware attacks has increased in the past year, with healthcare ransomware coming in third place, according to a recent survey by BitSight. The top targeted industry was education, followed by government. The Rising Face of Cyber...

Companies Lacking Confidence in Data Breach Preparedness

by Elizabeth Snell

More organizations are implementing data breach preparedness plans, but a recent survey showed that those same companies are not entirely confident in their ability to recover from potential data security incidents. The fourth annual Is Your...

Central Ohio Urology Data Security Incident Affects 300K

by Elizabeth Snell

Central Ohio Urology Group (COUG) reported that a data security incident may have exposed the information of patients, employees, and individuals who paid for medical services. An unauthorized individual reportedly posted files and documents...

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