Ransomware

#WannaCry: Lessons Learned and Implications

#WannaCry: Lessons Learned and Implications The recent large-scale WannaCry attack underscored the financial and businesses disruption harm that cyber-attacks can cause. This pandemic cyber-attack, which highlighted the increased use of criminal ransomware and the proliferation of military-grade cyber weapons, serves as an opportunity to recognize the following: The risk of cyber-caused business interruption (cyber BI)

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There’s no gray area with ransomware breach reporting

OCR’s updated rules make it pretty clear: The burden of proof is on the healthcare provider. When cybercriminals began the onslaught of ransomware attacks on the healthcare industry in early 2016, very few were prepared with how best to respond. Further, most of these attacks went unreported. In fact, over 4,000 ransomware attacks occurred each

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Expert tips on bracing for future WannaCry attacks

Hospital executives must embed security into organizational culture to be ready for the good, bad and ugly of ransomware attacks. And that’s not easy. The WannaCry cyberattack has implications for the future of healthcare security, especially as the recent Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force report came out essentially saying that the healthcare industry is

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HIT Hacking: Prevention is Better than Cure

By implementing cybersecurity best practices, healthcare CIOs and CISOs not only can thwart attacks on their IT systems but also make these less appealing targets for hackers, according to information security experts. David Nickelson, director of strategy and behaviour at Sapient Health, says these three tactics can help hospital security teams stay one step ahead

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Why It’s Time for Hospitals to Become Immune to Ransomware

Hospitals and other healthcare organizations (HCOs) are increasingly singled out by cyber criminals for ransomware and other attacks. Not only are patients’ sensitive records being targeted, but also – as the FBI warns – their intellectual property or credit card information. The primary reasons for the HCO vulnerabilities are outdated security architectures, and overall lack

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A.G. Schneiderman Announces Settlement With Healthcare Services Company That Illegally Deferred Notice Of Breach Of More Than 220,000 Patient Records

New York, NY – June 15, 2017 – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced a settlement with CoPilot Provider Support Services, Inc. (“CoPilot”), a New York corporation that provides support services to the health industry, after the company violated General Business Law by waiting over a year to provide notice of a data breach

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WannaCry hackers just getting started, former federal CISO says

More attacks are coming and they will be much worse, Greg Touhill and other security experts told a House Science subcommittee. The initial WannaCry attack on May 12 rocked the globe and security experts are now saying it infected at least a million more systems than originally thought. While conservative estimates place the number of

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Hundreds of fake antivirus apps and malware-packed WannaCry ‘protectors’ found on the app market

Researchers said 20% of total blacklisted antivirus apps are residing in the Google Play Store. Malicious threat actors are increasingly looking to exploit the growing fear and hysteria surrounding the notorious WannaCry ransomware with fake “protectors” and malware-laden antivirus apps. In May, the massive WannaCry cyberattack crippled companies across the globe, ensnared more than 300,000

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Is your hospital hacker bait? Here’s how to change that

Device cybersecurity, cyber-hygiene and risk management can ensure attackers are repelled by your systems. Ransomware hits slowed during the first quarter of 2017, and that’s good, right? Wrong. This indicates hackers are retooling, rapidly improving delivery techniques and, in fact, looking for the next stage of profitable malware. With a new report from PhishMe finding

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