Cyber security

How to improve defenses against health data security threats – Health Article

Healthcare institutions are trusted with our most valuable information. Within their networks they store highly sensitive data such as medical records, treatment plans, financial records, contact information and more. This data is essential for healthcare providers to effectively communicate with patients and provide the best care possible. However, having this information is also what makes them so attractive to cyber criminals. This is just the sort of information that cyber criminals seek to steal in order to sell or commit…

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Healthcare ransomware environment worsens, Beazley warns – Health Article

In the first quarter of 2019, the number of ransomware attack notifications received by Beazley Breach Services doubled, compared with the same quarter last year. Not only has the frequency of attacks skyrocketed, but attackers are shifting focus by targeting larger organizations and demanding higher ransom payments. In 2015 and 2016, ransomware was a significant threat, but it was more of a commodity—many attackers were still unsophisticated, so they were asking for what today would be considered modest ransom demands…

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Past cyberattacks offer clues to future threats HIT execs may face – Health Article

Recent cybersecurity attacks—how they were executed or thwarted—can provide solid guidance on how to blunt future attacks. Healthcare organizations must understand past cyberattacks to gain knowledge that enables them to move nimbly with tomorrow’s threats, says Ron Mehring, chief information security officer and vice president of technology and security at Texas Health Resources. During an educational session at HIMSS19, Mehring advised attendees to examine how hackers mounted recent attacks elsewhere. There is no time to wait as providers must recognize…

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