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The Cyber Warfare Cell that Worries the West

Is North Korea behind the WannaCry Ransomware strain that hit a couple of weeks ago? A recent Reuters article points out what is happening in North Korea and it seems more and more signs are point towards their work. As you read the article it is obvious how underground, widespread and dangerous the world of [...]

Anthem data breach was caused by a foreign nation attacker

The large-scale cybersecurity attack on Anthem in 2015 that led to 78.8 million consumer records potentially being exposed in a data breach was caused by a foreign nation attacker, according to the California Department of Insurance. This was all started by a phishing email: It was also found that the initial breach occurred on  February [...]

February 9th, 2017|Categories: Data Breach, Healthcare, HIPAA, Phishing, Security, Social Engineering|Tags: , , |

Children’s Medical Center Issued $3.2M OCR HIPAA Penalty

Ouch! The part about this that really stings is this opening line "Children’s Medical Center of Dallas (Children’s) was recently given an OCR HIPAA civil money penalty due to ePHI disclosure and several years of HIPAA non-compliance, according to a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) release." Several years of HIPAA non-compliance “OCR’s investigation [...]

February 8th, 2017|Categories: Compliance, Healthcare, HIPAA, OCR|Tags: , , , , , |

How does the 21st Cures Act Affect Healthcare IT?

President Obama is preparing to sign into law the new 21st Century Cures Act, but how will this affect Healthcare IT? It also aims to support health information technology goals, including electronic health record (EHR) interoperability and data privacy and security. Language in the bill could force technology vendors to make their systems talk to one [...]

December 9th, 2016|Categories: HIPAA|Tags: , , |

Former executive assistant director of the FBI highlights comprehensive education and proactive planning to create strong ransomware preparation measures

Healthcare ransomware has quickly become one of the top cybersecurity concerns for both covered entities and business associates, according to a recent HealthcareIT Security blog post. Without proper training and a thorough backup plan, organizations could find themselves in trouble should an attack take place. “Ransomware attacks two or three years ago, coming out of [...]

Healthcare Data Breaches, Ransomware Top Challenges in 2017

The latest Black Book poll (Read it here) of healthcare PR clients showed that physician satisfaction and medico-legal problems are no longer the key concerns, and that 2017 will see a higher focus on technological and financial issues. This includes data breaches, system failures, hacking, ransomware, and a disrupted flow of financial records. Predictions for [...]

Healthcare Top Target in specific “Gatak” Ransomware Attacks

Recent research shows that healthcare is typically a main target in Gatak ransomware attacks, which lures victims through phony websites for pirated software product licensing keys. A recent blog post from HealthcareIT Security website explained how research from Symantec determined that the healthcare industry is one of the top targets for this attack, with 40% [...]

December 1st, 2016|Categories: Healthcare, HIPAA, Security|Tags: , , |

How long does it take to recover from a ransomware infection?

It Takes 33 Hours according to a recent survey by Vanson Bourne of 500 cybersecurity decision makers that was sponsored by SentinelOne. Here are some stats to chew on from the survey: 48% had been hit by at least one ransomware attack in the last 12 months The average victim was hit six times. 81% report that the [...]

November 21st, 2016|Categories: Compliance, Healthcare, HIPAA, IT Budgeting, OCR, Security|Tags: , , , , , |

Healthcare attorneys call cybersecurity a growing concern

According to a survey undertaken by Bloomberg Law and the American Health Lawyers Association where both corporate attorneys and in-house counsel were polled, 97 percent of respondents believe they will experience an increased involvement in cases involving cybersecurity; 57 percent said it will be a significant increase. Fifty-three percent of those surveyed believe that cyberattacks are where [...]

November 13th, 2016|Categories: Compliance, Healthcare, HIPAA, OCR, Security, Social Engineering|Tags: , , , , |