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Healthcare Ransomware, Data Breaches Represent Top Industry Threats

March 8, 2018 - For the second straight year, healthcare data breaches were cited as a top threat to the industry, according to the annual HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey. Healthcare ransomware and malware that steals credentials are also key worry areas for information security professionals. Seventy-five percent of the 239 healthcare respondents said that their organization experienced a significant security...

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Healthcare Ransomware Attack Affects 6.5K at AL Practice

by Elizabeth Snell

A healthcare ransomware attack allowed an unknown hacker to gain access to EMR software containing patient medical records, Jemison Internal Medicine, PC (JIM) announced on its website. The Alabama-based practice said the virus encrypted its...

36K Notified of Potential Healthcare Data Breach from Mailing Error

by Elizabeth Snell

A mailing error has led to a potential healthcare data breach for Triple-S Advantage (Triple-S) members, according to an online company statement. The Puerto Rico-based organization is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association....

How Healthcare Organizations Can Reduce Cyber Extortion Risk

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations must be mindful of how they reduce cyber extortion risk because covered entities maintain sensitive data and provide necessary services, OCR stated in its January Cybersecurity Newsletter. Cyber extortion often consists...

Class-Action Lawsuit Filed after Allscripts Ransomware Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

Florida-based Surfside Non-Surgical Orthopedics, P.A. (Orthopedics) filed a class-action lawsuit in the wake of the Allscripts ransomware attack that took place on January 18, 2018. Allscripts’ EHR system was infected by SamSam ransomware,...

Patient Data Likely Unaffected in Adams Health Ransomware Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

Indiana-based Adams Health Network experienced a ransomware attack on January 11, the organization confirmed in an online statement. CEO Jo Ellen Eidam said that a virus was put on the computer systems but patient care was not interrupted and...

Allscripts Ransomware Attack Impacts Limited Number of Applications

by Elizabeth Snell

UPDATE: An Allscripts spokesperson emailed an additional update to on January 26, 2018 about the ransomware attack.  An Allscripts ransomware attack was reported on January 18, 2018, with certain applications made inaccessible....

NC Data Breach Legislation Accounts for Ransomware Attacks

by Elizabeth Snell

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...

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...


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