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Utilizing Strong Cyber Hygiene for Ransomware Preparation

May 25, 2017 - The WannaCry ransomware attack was a wakeup call for healthcare organizations across the globe, especially with the UK’s National Health Service being severely impacted from the attack. This is further proof why strong cyber hygiene is necessary for entities to properly prepare for a potential ransomware incident, according to ICIT Co-founder and Senior Fellow James Scott. The ransomware...


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Utilizing Strong Cyber Hygiene for Ransomware Preparation

by Elizabeth Snell

The WannaCry ransomware attack was a wakeup call for healthcare organizations across the globe, especially with the UK’s National Health Service being severely impacted from the attack. This is further proof why strong cyber hygiene is...

HHS Reiterates OCR Ransomware Guidance after Recent Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

The WannaCry ransomware attack should serve as a strong reminder to healthcare organizations to maintain necessary data security measures, including proper employee training. Adhering to the OCR ransomware guidance will also help covered entities...

Medical Devices Reportedly Infected in Ransomware Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

The recent WannaCry ransomware attack that infiltrated more than 150 countries and forced some European healthcare organizations to suspend certain services reportedly infected certain medical devices as well. HITRUST explained in an email update...

HHS Urges Caution in Wake of WannaCry Ransomware Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

UPDATE: HHS released an additional update on May 15 with new details regarding the ransomware attack. Last week, multiple countries around the world reported falling victim to the WannaCry ransomware attack. Numerous hospitals and healthcare...

50% of Industry Incidents from Healthcare Ransomware Attacks

by Elizabeth Snell

Half of the reported healthcare data security incidents from October 2015 to September 2016 stemmed from healthcare ransomware attacks, according to a recent NTT Security report. The NTT Security 2017 Global Threat Intelligence Report found that...

Healthcare Data Security Incidents Second Highest in 2016

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare continues to lag behind other regulated industries with security measures, according to recent research, with healthcare data security incidents ranking second for the services industry in 2016. Symantec’s 2017 Internet Security...

2016 Record Data Breach Year, Attackers Less Healthcare-Focused

by Elizabeth Snell

There were a record number of records compromised from data breaches in 2016, growing 566 percent in 2016 from 600 million to more than 4 billion, according to a recent IBM report. The 2017 IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index also found that...

Urology Austin Ransomware Attack Possibly Affects 279K

by Elizabeth Snell

Urology Austin recently announced on its website that it experienced a ransomware attack on January 22, 2017, which potentially exposed patient data that was stored on the compromised server. The OCR data breach reporting tool states that 279,663...

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...

How AI Can Help Fight Healthcare Ransomware Threats

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare is facing more ransomware threats every day, and is a prime target for such attacks. However, the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT) explained in a recent paper that artificial intelligence could greatly aid organizations...

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®...

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