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Ransomware Attack Mitigation in Updated ONC SAFER Guide

March 24, 2017 - Best practices for ransomware attack mitigation and prevention, along with general contingency planning, were recently discussed in updated SAFER Guides from the ONC. First published in January 2014, the SAFER Guides “provide an easy-to-use template for voluntary provider self-assessment of EHR safety related vulnerabilities,” according to an ONC blog post. “The Guides are...


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Ransomware Attack Mitigation in Updated ONC SAFER Guide

by Elizabeth Snell

Best practices for ransomware attack mitigation and prevention, along with general contingency planning, were recently discussed in updated SAFER Guides from the ONC. First published in January 2014, the SAFER Guides “provide an easy-to-use...

Securing Endpoint Devices from Healthcare Ransomware Threats

by Elizabeth Snell

More healthcare organizations are implementing mobile devices and opting for BYOD strategies to help strengthen communication capabilities. However, the increase in endpoint devices has also opened entities up to more security issues, such as...

Ransomware, Medical Device Security Top HIMSS17 Topics

by Elizabeth Snell

With HIMSS17 right around the corner, it’s time for healthcare IT professionals to gear up for the annual conference breaking down the industry’s hottest topics. Last year saw a drastic increase in ransomware attacks, so it should...

Md. Introduces Ransomware Bill with Criminal, Civil Penalties

by Elizabeth Snell

A recent ransomware bill introduced into the Maryland General Assembly calls for steeper penalties for individuals who utilize the malicious software for such attacks. Maryland Senator Sen. Susan Lee sponsored the bill, HB 340, which “creates...

Preparing for the 2017 Healthcare Cybersecurity Threats

by Mac McMillan of CynergisTek

Cybersecurity is a major concern for healthcare executives as we head into 2017. After two years of a steadily increasing cyber threat landscape that resulted in record numbers of patient records compromised, health organizations extorted financially...

VA Senator Violates HIPAA in Sharing Patient Information

by Kate Monica

A Virginia State Senator is under fire after an alleged HIPAA breach led to an investigation into unlawful use of patient information. An article by the Richmond-Times Dispatch reported Senator Siobhan S. Dunnavant, an Henrico County physician,...

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...

ICIT Finds Healthcare Sector at Great Risk for DDoS Attacks

by Elizabeth Snell

With its high dependency on digital records, network connectivity, accessible information, and real-time communication, healthcare is one of the sectors at greatest risk for a DDoS attack, the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology...

Cybersecurity Attacks Leading 2016 Data Breach Cause

by Elizabeth Snell

Data breaches in the healthcare industry are always a top concern for providers, business associates, vendors, and other stakeholders. With technology continuing to quickly evolve, security cannot be a secondary consideration. The majority of...

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,...

Unencrypted Flash Drive Lost, Privacy Incident for 2K

by Elizabeth Snell

OptumHealth New Mexico reported on November 17, 2016 that it experienced a privacy incident affecting approximately 2,000 individuals when an unencrypted flash drive was lost. OptumHealth said that it was notified on September 26, 2016 that a...

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...

Healthcare Data Breaches, Ransomware Top Challenges in 2017

by Elizabeth Snell

The healthcare industry will likely continue to be plagued by technological issues, such as healthcare data breaches and ransomware attacks, going into next year, according to recent predictions. The latest Black Book poll of healthcare PR clients...

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....

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...

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