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Healthcare Endpoint Attacks Cost the Industry $1.3B Annually

November 17, 2017 - 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. Over half (54 percent) of 665 surveyed IT and security leaders said their company experienced a successful endpoint attack, according to a new...


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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,...

Data Backups Aid in Ransomware Attack Recovery for KS Agency

by Elizabeth Snell

East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging (ECKAAA) said in an online statement that it was the victim of a ransomware attack on September 5, 2017, leaving files encrypted and inaccessible. ECKAAA said it immediately hired a cybersecurity company...

ECRI: Healthcare Ransomware, Cybersecurity Threats Top Concerns

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations need to understand the potential safety issues that come with medical devices and systems, according to the ECRI Institute. Healthcare ransomware threats, medical device networking flaws, and other cybersecurity threats...

How an HIE Aided in Recovery from a Ransomware Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

When a ransomware attack hits a healthcare provider, it can obviously be financially devastating, but it could also interfere with patient care. Physicians might be unable to access health records, for example, which could bring legitimate harm...

Arkansas Facility Ransomware Attack Potentially Affects 128K

by Elizabeth Snell

Arkansas Oral & Facial Surgery Center recently announced on its website that it experienced a ransomware attack on its computer network on July 26, 2017. An investigation determined that the ransomware had been installed either earlier that...

Cyberattacks Threaten Thousands of Patient Health Records

by Kate Monica

A part of smaller specialty practices have allegedly suffered cyberattacks at the hands of the same team of hackers.* Editor's note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly described the hacking incidents as ransomware attacks. TheDarkOverlord...

Top 3 Health Data Breaches Impact Nearly 1.5M Individuals

by Elizabeth Snell

Hacking and IT security issues, including phishing scams and ransomware attacks, are still the leading causes for the largest health data breaches in 2017, according to data from OCR. The three largest incidents thus far – two of which...

Ransomware Attack May Affect 10K Plastic Surgery Patients

by Kate Monica

On February 12, 2017, Plastic Surgery Associates of South Dakota discovered its health IT systems had experienced a ransomware attack. The healthcare organization immediately attempted to remove the ransomware from the infected servers and decrypt...

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...

Top 3 Essentials in Preparing for Ransomware Attacks

by Elizabeth Snell

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...

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...

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