Hackers hijacked data – and a program that gets sick and elderly to their doctors

It was a shock for Abernathy, who says the office normally is well-organized and efficient. But Abernathy and hundreds of other people who use DSS’ transportation service were affected this week when cyber criminals forced their way into Mecklenburg County government’s extensive network of computers and hijacked data servers that underpin critical public services. Officials

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Medical Devices: Treat Them Like Untrusted End-User Tools

The latest ISMG Security Report features a special report on securing medical devices. In the Security Report (click on player beneath image to listen), you’ll hear highlights from a panel – Medical Devices: Treat Them Like Untrusted End-User Devices – held at last month’s ISMG Healthcare Security Conference in New York. HealthcareInfoSecurity Executive Editor Marianne

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2018 Cybersecurity prediction: Extortion attempts, ransomware will proliferate

For about two years, the healthcare industry has come up against some major cyber threats. Ransomware especially has proven problematic — along with being a nuisance — as it can shut down entire systems and disrupt care. This year saw the rise of wiper malware or ransomworms, where viruses masquerading as ransomware destroyed complete networks,

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Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity

Note to Reviewers on the Update and Next Steps 2 Version 1.1 Draft 2 of Cybersecurity Framework refines, clarifies, and enhances Version 1.0 3 issued in February 2014. It incorporates comments received on Version 1.1 Draft 1. 4 Version 1.1 is intended to be implemented by first-time and current Framework users. Current 5 users should

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Why HIPAA shouldn’t be an impediment to public health data sharing

Despite the fact that the law has been on the books for more than two decades, there’s still a lot of misconceptions about HIPAA and the ways it applies to information sharing. We’ve even heard horror stories about hospitals refusing to furnish patients with their own data, saying that doing so would be a HIPAA

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