Ransomware

Phishing, Ransomware Attacks Continue to Menace Healthcare

As the year winds down, phishing and ransomware attacks continue to plague the healthcare sector, as illustrated by recent breach reports. For example, Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Western Regional Medical Center in Phoenix recently reported to federal regulators a phishing-related breach impacting nearly 42,000 individuals. In another recent breach tied to phishing, Georgia

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Why Contingency Planning for Vendor Data Disputes Is Critical

“It is critical that healthcare organizations carefully evaluate any licensing or terms of use agreement to ensure that disputes can be resolved without interruption of access to PHI,” says attorney David Holtzman, vice president of compliance at security consulting firm CynergisTek.”Make sure that your organization has planned for contigencies that could result when the relationship

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More NHS cyber-attacks ‘inevitable’, warn experts – Newscabal

Health service insiders fear the NHS will be hit by another cyber-attack similar to the WannaCry ransomware outbreak that caused widespread disruption to hospitals and GP surgeries last year. Poor leadership, budgetary constraints, deficient IT systems and a lack of qualified staff mean another attack on the health service is inevitable, according to experts at

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Texas Hospital Catches Dharma Ransomware Infection

An attack on Altus Baytown Hospital in Texas is the latest ransomware incident reported to federal regulators as a health data breach. The attack is among the latest incidents involving ransomware posted on the Department of Health and Human Services’ HIPAA Breach Reporting Tool website. Commonly called the “wall of shame,” the HHS Office for

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Texas Hospital Hit With Dharma Ransomware Attack

The attack is among the latest incidents involving ransomware posted on the Department of Health and Human Services’ HIPAA Breach Reporting Tool website. Commonly called the “wall of shame,” the HHS Office for Civil Rights’ website lists major health data breaches impacting 500 or more individuals.The Altus ransomware attack was reported on Nov. 2 by

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Bankers Life Hack Affects More Than 566,000

The incident, which was reported by Bankers Life’s parent company, CNO Financial Group, to the Department of Health and Human Services as an “unauthorized accessdisclosure” breach, is the fifth largest incident added to the HIPAA Breach Reporting Tool website so far this year. Commonly called the “wall of shame,” the HHS website lists health data

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Your Healthcare Organizations Been Hacked: Now What?

For healthcare covered entities and business associates, building up defenses to prevent cyberattacks is only half the battle. Here are some steps to consider in the aftermath of an incident. Organizations can optimize incident response in several ways. For instance, entities such as health systems can develop notification templates to determine ahead of time whom

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WannaCry highlighted weaknesses in emergency responses to cyber attacks

Last years WannaCry ransomware attack on the UK health servicedid more than expose weaknesses in healthcare cyber resilience it also highlighted weaknesses in emergency responses to healthcare cyber attacks. Speaking at the recent HIMSS AsiaPac18 in Brisbane, Extreme Networks Healthcare Solutions Director Bob Zemke said a key lesson from the May 2017 attack was the

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