Privacy & Security

Equifax hack
By Jessica Davis 02:43 pm September 22, 2017
Serious missteps in how Equifax is handling its breach should inform healthcare organizations on what not to do it if happens to them.
inside cyberthreats go unnoticed
By Jessica Davis 03:51 pm September 21, 2017
More than half of August’s breaches were caused by hacking incidents, while one insider hack went undetected for two years, according to the latest Protenus Breach Barometer.
Hackers hate ransomware

The hackers disguised the wiper malware, Petya, as ransomware in order to distract from its real purpose -- to destroy data.

By Jessica Davis 04:27 pm September 20, 2017
While nearly half of hackers are contemplating a ban on the sale of ransomware, new attack methods like those used in WannaCry and Petya demonstrate that it isn’t going anywhere soon.
cybersecurity risks

A screen snap of a BitSight benchmarking graph. Photo via BitSight

By Bill Siwicki 12:50 pm September 20, 2017
CyberGRX and BitSight merge their tools as this type of risk is a top cybersecurity concern for healthcare organizations.
Phishing for healthcare data
By Bill Siwicki 03:20 pm September 19, 2017
On the other hand, password protection, facial recognition and access controls are the three least effective security measures, report finds.
HHS cybersecurity audit
By Jessica Davis 01:51 pm September 19, 2017
The increase in threats and sophistication have prompted the need to shore up government security policies, according to the agency’s updated 2017 work plan.
Locky ransomware
By Jessica Davis 01:06 pm September 19, 2017
The prolific malware strain that has pummeled the healthcare sector since 2016 is now being paired with another variant, allowing hackers to double-up their payload.
phishing attack

The phishing attack at Augusta University Medical Center in Georgia occurred five months ago. Photo via Google Maps

By Jessica Davis 02:34 pm September 18, 2017
While officials say less than 1 percent of patients were impacted by the breach, this is the second time the organization has been hit with a successful phishing attack within the last year.
threat intelligence

The number one reason threat intelligence is often ineffective is due to lack of expertise, a new report says.

By Jessica Davis 02:25 pm September 15, 2017
While 86 percent of IT security professionals found threat data valuable to their security missions, only 51 are using the intelligence to handle risk, Ponemon says.
healthcare cybersecurity

Michael Figueroa, Executive Director of the Advanced Cyber Security Center, speaking at the HIMSS Security Forum in Boston Sept. 13.

By Tom Sullivan 12:02 pm September 15, 2017
Yes, health entities need to be held responsible for protecting patient data but public shaming isn’t making that happen. There’s a better way forward.

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