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Healthcare Phishing

Best Practices for Preventing Phishing Attacks, Data Breaches

July 26, 2017 - The Anthem data breach from 2015 was a wakeup call for numerous industries, but especially healthcare, showing that phishing attacks can have far reaching effects. A $115 million settlement proposal was announced in June 2017, which would require Anthem to guarantee a certain level of funding for information security. The provider would also need to implement or maintain data security system...


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UC Davis Health System Phishing Attack Potentially Impacts 15K

by Kate Monica

On May 15, 2017, UC Davis Health suffered a potential security breach when a phishing email was sent to an employee. Through the phishing email, hackers gained access to the employee’s account and posed as the account owner to send emails...

Verizon Finds Phishing Attacks, Malware Top Data Breach Causes

by Elizabeth Snell

Increased propriety research, prototypes, and amounts of confidential personal data have all helped fuel cyberespionage attacks, such as phishing attacks, according to a recent Verizon report. There was also a 50 percent increase in ransomware...

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...

Potential Ransomware Attack Encrypts Patient Data in KY

by Elizabeth Snell

Kentucky-based Estill County Chiropractic (ECC) recently announced on its website that it had experienced a potential ransomware attack, where an unauthorized user installed malicious software that encrypted patient files. ECC said that it immediately...

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...

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