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2016 Healthcare Data Breaches Largely From Employee Error

January 20, 2017 - While the business sector led the way in reported data breaches for 2016, healthcare came in second by accounting for 34.5 percent of overall reported breaches, according to research from the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and CyberScout. The business industry had a total of 494 reported data breaches, while there were 377 reported healthcare data breaches. Education...


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2016 Healthcare Data Breaches Largely From Employee Error

by Elizabeth Snell

While the business sector led the way in reported data breaches for 2016, healthcare came in second by accounting for 34.5 percent of overall reported breaches, according to research from the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and CyberScout....

Anthem Data Breach Reportedly Caused by Foreign Nation Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

The large-scale cybersecurity attack on Anthem in 2015 that led to 78.8 million consumer records potentially being exposed in a data breach was caused by a foreign nation attacker, according to the California Department of Insurance. An investigation...

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...

OCR Warns of Phishing Scam to HIPAA Covered Entities

by Elizabeth Snell

UPDATE: OCR released an additional update on November 30 with new details regarding the phishing scam.  Employees of HIPAA covered entities and their business associates should be aware of an alleged phishing scam that is using Department...

Protect Healthcare Data with User Training, Secure Systems

by Bill Kleyman

As covered entities and business associates of all sizes work to protect healthcare data, there are numerous aspects to consider, especially as cybsecurity threats continue to evolve and become more sophisticated.  We often focus on major...

Health IT Leaders Cite Data Theft As Key Cybersecurity Concern

by Elizabeth Snell

Social engineering attacks and data theft are the main cybersecurity concerns when it comes to health IT, according to a recent survey of healthcare chief information and chief information security officers. The College of Healthcare Information...

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...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Knowledge Gaps in Phishing Awareness

by Elizabeth Snell

There is a need for both simulated phishing attacks and question-based evaluations to ensure that healthcare cybersecurity measures are able to protect sensitive data, according to a recent survey. The Wombat Beyond the Phish Report found that...

Prevent Healthcare Phishing by Strengthening Employee Training

by Dylan Sachs of BrandProtect

Cyber criminals view the healthcare industry as a prime target. Just this year, we have witnessed hospitals like Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, MedStar Health’s Union Memorial Hospital, in Baltimore, Maryland, and Methodist Hospital...

How Rise in Phishing Attacks Affects Healthcare Data Security

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Many healthcare organizations and business associates are constantly working to prevent phishing attacks from compromising healthcare data security. Yet, cyberattacks were still the top cause of healthcare data breaches in 2015 and recent studies...

How to Protect Your Entity from Healthcare Phishing Attacks

by Lysa Myers of ESET

We read with horror about healthcare organizations getting hacked, spilling personal health details that no one wants to find dumped out onto the public internet. The origins of these attacks are all-too-frequently healthcare phishing attacks,...

Phishing Scam Leads to Potential Healthcare Data Breach in WY

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Wyoming Medical Center has reported on their website a potential healthcare data breach due to a phishing scam. Approximately 3,184 individuals were notified by the medical center that their PHI may have been accessed by an unauthorized user....

More Hospitals Affected by Healthcare Ransomware Attacks

by Elizabeth Snell

It seems that healthcare ransomware attacks is not an issue that will disappear anytime soon, as two more hospitals recently reported that they were victims of this type of cyberattack. San Diego, California-based Alvarado Hospital Medical Center...

Why Healthcare Phishing Scams Are a Key Issue

by Elizabeth Snell

Covered entities know that they need to have a comprehensive health data security plan to prevent data breaches. But healthcare phishing scams can easily be overlooked as a key issue, as organizations could simply assume that such an attack would...

Breaking Down the Evolution of Healthcare Phishing Scams

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare phishing scams can lead to numerous issues for organizations, and can have long-lasting effects. Employees need to be trained properly on how to detect phishing scams, but healthcare organizations must also have the necessary technology...

Can Healthcare Employees Properly Identify Phishing Emails?

by Elizabeth Snell

Identifying phishing emails is essential for healthcare employees at all levels. All it takes is one malicious email to slip through and be mistaken for a genuine one for an organization to become potentially vulnerable to cyber threats. We’ve...

Phishing Scams: HIPAA Technical or Administrative Safeguard?

by Elizabeth Snell

Phishing scams are not a new threat to the healthcare industry, but as other data security threats have evolved over time, so have phishing approaches. Early on, individuals might have gotten emails from someone claiming to be a prince from a...

Why Phishing Scams Cannot Be Ignored by Healthcare Entities

by Elizabeth Snell

Phishing scams are not a new security threat to the healthcare industry, but that does not mean that covered entities should not consider them when working to prevent data breaches. As technology evolves, it becomes more important for healthcare...

PHI Compromised in Email Phishing Scam

by Elizabeth Snell

No healthcare organization, whether a provider or insurer, wants to have PHI compromised. However, even with the necessary security measures in place and thorough employee training programs, incidents can still occur. That is the case at an Indiana...

Phishing Scam Leads to Potential PHI Exposure

by Elizabeth Snell

Employees at Children’s National Health System (Children’s National) allegedly fell victim to phishing scams toward the end of last year, which led to potential PHI exposure for some patients. Children’s National explained in...

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