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Top 3 Essentials in Preparing for Ransomware Attacks

July 18, 2017 - With each week seeming to bring in a report of a new ransomware attack, healthcare organizations cannot afford to assume that this type of cybersecurity issue will never affect them. Preparing for ransomware attacks in the healthcare industry needs to be a top priority for organizations of all sizes. Developing a comprehensive approach to data security needs to evolve with the cybersecurity...


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NH-ISAC Issues Petya Ransomware Vaccine, Mitigation

by Elizabeth Snell

The National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center (NH-ISAC) announced that it had a Petya ransomware vaccine, and also discussed mitigation tactics that organizations can follow to minimize the potential risk of infection. Entities...

Health System, Pharma Firm Report Cybersecurity Incidents

by Elizabeth Snell

Pennsylvania-based Heritage Valley Health System (HVHS) reported that it had experienced a cybersecurity incident on June 27, 2017. While HVHS did not specifically identify the type of ransomware attack, it said that it was “identified...

US-CERT Warns of Petya Ransomware, Microsoft Vulnerabilities

by Elizabeth Snell

Using unpatched and unsupported software may increase the risk of being affected by malicious software, such as Petya ransomware infections, according to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT)....

Airway Oxygen Ransomware Attack May Affect PHI of 500K

by Elizabeth Snell

Michigan-based Airway Oxygen, Inc. is notifying patients that their PHI may have been involved in a ransomware attack that took place earlier this year. The medical equipment supply company explained in its notification letter to individuals...

Key Ransomware Prevention Measures in Recent Executive Order

by Elizabeth Snell

An executive order signed by the president in May 2017 has important guidelines and priorities organizations can follow to improve their cybersecurity, including instilling stronger ransomware prevention, according to a blog post by UC Berkeley...

Regular Data Backups Key in Ransomware Prevention, Response

by Elizabeth Snell

Regular system backups and verification is the most effective approach in ransomware prevention and response, according to the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University. Backups need to be stored on separate systems that...

Security Patches Critical in Ransomware Prevention Measures

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations can take protective actions in their approach to ransomware prevention, such as implementing regular software updates and security patches, according to the ECRI Institute. There are also critical differences in protecting...

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...

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