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NC Data Breach Legislation Accounts for Ransomware Attacks

January 16, 2018 - Following an increase in reported state data breaches in 2017, North Carolina’s attorney general and a state representative introduced data breach legislation to better protect individuals. The updated Act to Strengthen Identity Theft Protections updates what constitutes a security breach and allows for tighter data protection, according to a fact sheet from the Attorney General’s...


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Patient Data Unaffected in Hancock Health Ransomware Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

Indiana-based Hancock Health experienced a ransomware attack on January 11, 2018, according to a statement posted on the organization’s website. Hancock recovered use of its computers and patient information was not adversely affected....

Remaining Vigilant Against Increasing Healthcare Ransomware Threats

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare ransomware attacks increased by 89 percent from 2016 to 2017, according to recent research from Cryptonite. Furthermore, one-quarter of all IT/hacking events reported to OCR in 2017 were attributed to ransomware incidents. Gathering...

Report Discusses How to Approach Botnets, Cybersecurity Threats

by Elizabeth Snell

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...

NH-ISAC Cybersecurity Warning Shows Importance of Regular Updates

by Elizabeth Snell

The National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center’s (NH-ISAC) Threat Intelligence Committee released a cybersecurity warning last week urging entities to be aware of two potential vulnerabilities. Researchers determined that...

AHA Calls for Greater FDA Medical Device Security Oversight

by Elizabeth Snell

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must focus on reducing regulatory burden on hospitals and health systems while also ensuring there is greater medical device security oversight, according to the American Hospital Association (AHA). AHA...

29K Impacted by SSM Health Data Breach from Unauthorized Access

by Elizabeth Snell

St. Louis, Missouri-based SSM Health recently reported that it experienced a potential data breach after an employee accessed patient records without authorization. The access occurred between February 13, 2017 and October 20, 2017 when the employee...

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...

Ransomware Attack Raises Health Data Security Worry for 2.6K

by Elizabeth Snell

Columbus, Nebraska-based Eye Physicians, P.C. experienced a ransomware attack on October 7, 2017 that encrypted files on some of its servers. The organization was able to immediately restore servers through a backup, it explained in an online...

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 Ransomware, Medical Device Security Key 2018 Trends

by Elizabeth Snell

With 2017 winding down, healthcare providers cannot become lackadaisical in their approach to cybersecurity. The New Year will likely not bring brand new data security issues, but rather show why there needs to be a heightened focus on healthcare...

Unauthorized Server Access Creates Data Security Concern for 47K

by Elizabeth Snell

Carl Albert State College (CASC) is re-notifying certain individuals of unauthorized server access from 2016 that may create data security concerns. CASC explained in an online statement that the server was accessed on April 7, 2016. It...

Healthcare Ransomware Attacks Contribute to 2017 Top Data Breaches

by Elizabeth Snell

With the majority of healthcare providers reporting that they were impacted by a healthcare ransomware attack in the past 12 months, it is not surprising that nine out of the 10 largest breaches reported to OCR in 2017 were caused by hacking...

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...

Henry Ford Health System PHI Data Breach Affects 18K

by Elizabeth Snell

Henry Ford Health System experienced a PHI data breach after an unauthorized individual gained access to or stole a group of employees’ email accounts, according to an online statement from the organization. Henry Ford said it is notifying...

How an Ohio Hospital Avoided a Widespread Ransomware Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

Having the necessary and applicable data security tools in place, along with comprehensive employee education, are critical for ransomware attack prevention measures. Organizations of all sizes need to be aware of the potential threats and be...

Recognizing, Overcoming Medical Device Cybersecurity Gaps

by Elizabeth Snell

Legacy devices and not having an accurate understanding of current device inventory can lead to some of the more common medical device cybersecurity gaps. Healthcare organizations cannot afford to suffer from an attack that compromises connected...

HHS Pressed on Healthcare Cybersecurity Leadership Changes

by Elizabeth Snell

Recent healthcare cybersecurity leadership changes within HHS have pushed lawmakers to question the agency why those changes took place. Both Margaret Amato and Leo Scanlon emailed bipartisan staff on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce...

Healthcare Endpoint Attacks Cost the Industry $1.3B Annually

by Elizabeth Snell

Preparing for potential healthcare endpoint attacks should be a top priority for covered entities, especially with a recent survey showing that organizations believe that an over-reliance on traditional endpoint security is leaving entities exposed....

26% of Orgs Would Pay Ransomware After Healthcare Cyberattack

by Elizabeth Snell

While the majority of healthcare IT and security professionals in the UK and US are confident in their organization’s ability to respond to a healthcare cyberattack, there are still some that are not sure their entity can properly respond,...

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