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Report Discusses How to Approach Botnets, Cybersecurity Threats

January 9, 2018 - There must be greater resilience against botnets and other distributed, automated threats in an effort to properly combat evolving cybersecurity threats, according to a recent report from federal agencies. The Departments of Commerce and Homeland Security (the Departments) published a draft in response to the executive order, Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical...


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US Reports North Korea Caused WannaCry Ransomware Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

The WannaCry ransomware attack that affected numerous sectors around the world, including healthcare organizations, was caused by North Korea, according to Tom Bossert, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism. Bossert...

Healthcare Data Security Attacks Account for 40% of Q3 Incidents

by Elizabeth Snell

Malware and ransomware were top concerns for entities in 2017 Q3, with public and healthcare data security attacks accounting for more than 40 percent of total incidents in that time frame, according to a recent McAfee Labs report. There were...

Healthcare Phishing, Computer Viruses Top Cyber Attack Methods

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations should consider increasing their cybersecurity measures as 83 percent of physicians report they have experienced a cybersecurity attack, according to research from Accenture and the American Medical Association (AMA)....

78% of Providers Report Healthcare Ransomware, Malware Attacks

by Elizabeth Snell

Email is the most likely cause for a data breach, according to recent research, with 78 percent of providers reporting that they experienced a healthcare ransomware or malware attack in the past 12 months. Eighty-seven percent of respondents...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Threats Require HHS Bill of Materials

by Elizabeth Snell

The increasing amount of healthcare cybersecurity threats is pushing organizations to utilize numerous technologies to combat potential dangers. It can often be difficult though to have clear visibility into the hardware or software in those...

State Rep Presses Nuance on NotPetya Malware Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

More details on the June 27, 2017 NotPetya malware attack that affected Nuance should be released, according to a letter from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The healthcare industry can greatly benefit from learning about the details...

Nuance Restores 75% of Clients After NotPetya Malware Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

Massachusetts-based Nuance Communications, Inc. stated that it has restored 75 percent of its clients following the NotPetya malware attack it experienced last month. Nuance Healthcare, which offers a transcription platform used by medical...

NCCIC Cautions Multiple Sectors of Recent Malware Threats

by Elizabeth Snell

Sophisticated malware threats that appear to be leveraging stolen administrative credentials may affect numerous industries, including healthcare, according to a recent National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) warning....

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...

CoPilot Security Breach Potentially Impacts 220K Patients

by Kate Monica

On Jan 18, 2017, CoPilot Provider Support Services, Inc. announced it detected unauthorized access of one of its databases and notified potentially impacted patients of the security breach. CoPilot has no evidence any information has been distributed...

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...

DoS, DDoS Attack Prevention Measures for Covered Entities

by Elizabeth Snell

As healthcare continues to adopt Internet of Things (IoT) technology, denial-of-service (DoS) and distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attack prevention measures are becoming more prevalent, according to the latest cybersecurity newsletter from...

Malware Most Common Smart Hospital Data Security Threat

by Elizabeth Snell

Malware is the most common type of potential attack scenario for smart hospitals that poses a data security threat, according to a recent study from the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA). Smart hospitals have...

Hacking Incidents Create Data Breach Security Concerns

by Elizabeth Snell

Current technical safeguards are a critical aspect of any healthcare organization’s security measures, especially as data breach security concerns increase. Third-party hacking incidents can lead to patient privacy issues, and also create issues...

Why Healthcare Security Needs a New Approach to Malware

by Matthew Paster

Healthcare security must be able to keep pace with the evolution of how healthcare data is used. For example, healthcare data is more valuable than ever, accounting for more than 43 percent of major data breaches, according to the Identity Theft...

Cloud data risk report: Seeing how healthcare stacks up

by Patrick Ouellette

The quarterly Cloud Adoption and Risk (CAR) Report from Skyhigh Networks uses usage data collected from customers around the world to help explain how some enterprise organizations adopt and use cloud data. The anonymized data was collected...

Heartbleed bug lessons learned: Having a remediation plan

by Patrick Ouellette

It’s been a few weeks since news of the Heartbleed bug spread near and far, but there are still significant ramifications for healthcare organizations going forward. While an exact replica of the OpenSSL-based vulnerability isn’t...

Verizon 2014 Data Breach Investigations Report: Healthcare impact

by Patrick Ouellette

Verizon released the findings of its “2014 Data Breach Investigations Report,” which reviewed and analyzed 10 years of data breach information and identified specific threat patterns. Verizon used that data over the 10-year period...

Heartbleed bug spreads to Cisco, Juniper network devices

by Patrick Ouellette

A few days after the “Heartbleed bug” became public, the areas that it has affected are still being uncovered. Most recently, the Washington Post reported that large enterprise networking companies Cisco and Juniper Networks found...

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