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Infectious Email Is The Top Cyber Threat To Healthcare Providers: Study

  • by Ray Schultz
    , Columnist,

    32 minutes ago

Healthcare providers, the holders of some of the most sensitive possible data on consumers, rank email as their worst cyber security threat, according to a study from Mimecast Ltd., conducted by
HIMSS Analytics. 

Of 76 IT professionals surveyed,

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The Risk of Cyberattack in the Healthcare Industry

With the number of security breaches we’ve seen in recent years, it’s a good idea to check your bank transaction record frequently, as you can’t be certain whether someone out there is holding your credit card number. However, did you know some criminals are more interested in your medical records?! Thousands of fraudulent credit and debit transactions take place every year while innocent victims go on through life oblivious. If criminals can sneak those right by, imagine what they can do with access to your insurance.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

One 1996 law is designed to protect exactly this information from falling into the hands of the wrong people. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, better known as HIPAA, was conceived to set a precedent that would preserve the privacy of your health records in the information age.

That means hospitals and medical institutions have a whole

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Is healthcare safe from cyber attacks? | IT PRO

Healthcare systems have a critical place in almost every country around the world, but they’re increasingly becoming a lucrative target for hackers. Just last month, the National Health Service fell victim to the WannaCry global ransomware attack, which targeted computers and networks running Windows.

Around 40 hospital trusts in the UK were affected by the attack, with doctors and healthcare professionals unable to access vital computing resources and medical records unless they paid a Bitcoin ransom. As a result, they had to cancel operations and appointments, causing potentially life-threatening scenarios.

In a similar case, a hacker managed to compromise Atlanta-based Emory Healthcare’s patient database and delete vital appointment data. They were also able to access patient information such as names, dates of birth, contact information and medical record numbers. Overall, around 80,000 patients were affected by the hack.

The risks are clearly great. Hospitals are also reliant on highly technological medical

Read more at: http://www.itpro.co.uk/security/28975/is-healthcare-safe-from-cyber-attacks

Is healthcare safe from cyber attacks?

Healthcare systems have a critical place in almost every country around the world, but they’re increasingly becoming a lucrative target for hackers. Just last month, the National Health Service fell victim to the WannaCry global ransomware attack, which targeted computers and networks running Windows.

Around 40 hospital trusts in the UK were affected by the attack, with doctors and healthcare professionals unable to access vital computing resources and medical records unless they paid a Bitcoin ransom. As a result, they had to cancel operations and appointments, causing potentially life-threatening scenarios.

In a similar case, a hacker managed to compromise Atlanta-based Emory Healthcare’s patient database and delete vital appointment data. They were also able to access patient information such as names, dates of birth, contact information and medical record numbers. Overall, around 80,000 patients were affected by the hack.

The risks are clearly great. Hospitals are also reliant on highly technological medical

Read more at: http://www.itpro.co.uk/security/28975/is-healthcare-safe-from-cyber-attacks

British healthcare system hit by ‘ransomware’ cyberattack

May 12 (UPI) — A “ransomware” cyberattack targeted Britain’s national healthcare system on Friday, affecting more than a dozen offices in a strike that hit a number of groups across industries, authorities said.

The British National Health Service said the “major” malware attack impacted 16 of its organizations, and hospitals and clinics in London and northwest and central Britain.

Authorities are still trying to determine exactly how many systems have been corrupted by the interference and identify the perpetrators.

Ransomware results from a sophisticated malware tool that can root into computer systems undetected and lock up important data. The perpetrators then offer to release the computer files for a price. In the NHS’ case, the attackers sought $300 in online currency, or bitcoins, worth about $527,000.

“We believe the malware variant is Wanna Decryptor,” NHS Digital said in a statement, adding that it’s working with the National

Read more at: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/05/12/British-healthcare-system-hit-by-ransomware-cyberattack/5871494608928/

VMware joins Intel to offer complementary healthcare security readiness programme to reduce health IT risk, improve …

VMware today announced a collaboration with Intel Health and Life Sciences to help global healthcare organisations better understand the current state of their security readiness.

Joining Intel’s Healthcare Security Readiness Program, VMware now offers a new complementary service that enables healthcare IT teams to gain valuable insight into their security posture compared to the industry when it comes to breach risk mitigation. The new initiative also enables organisations to identify and safeguard solutions that can be implemented to further reduce risk and improve their security posture.

VMware and Intel will showcase this programme in VMware booth #3661 at the 2017 HIMSS Annual Conference Exhibition, 19-23 February 2017 in Orlando, Florida.

VMware, Intel collaborate on healthcare security

The two companies say the new initiative also enables organisations to identify safeguard solutions that can be implemented to further reduce risk and improve their security posture.

Under the deal, VMware is offering a new complimentary service that it says enables healthcare IT teams to gain valuable insight into their security posture, compared to the industry, when it comes to breach risk mitigation.

To support the launch of the initiative, VMware cites the Ponemon Institute’s May 2016 Sixth Annual Benchmark Study on Privacy Security of Healthcare Data which reveals that data breaches in healthcare were “consistently high in terms of volume, frequency, impact, and cost over the past six years”.

VMware says the report noted that upwards of 90% of healthcare organisations experienced a data breach in the past two years, and nearly half had more than five data breaches in the same period.

“The

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VMware, Intel collaborate on healthcare security

The two companies say the new initiative also enables organisations to identify safeguard solutions that can be implemented to further reduce risk and improve their security posture.

Under the deal, VMware is offering a new complimentary service that it says enables healthcare IT teams to gain valuable insight into their security posture, compared to the industry, when it comes to breach risk mitigation.

To support the launch of the initiative, VMware cites the Ponemon Institute’s May 2016 Sixth Annual Benchmark Study on Privacy Security of Healthcare Data which reveals that data breaches in healthcare were “consistently high in terms of volume, frequency, impact, and cost over the past six years”.

VMware says the report noted that upwards of 90% of healthcare organisations experienced a data breach in the past two years, and nearly half had more than five data breaches in the same period.

“The

Read more at: http://www.itwire.com/security/76950-vmware,-intel-collaborate-on-healthcare-security.html

Healthcare Industry Vulnerabilities Give Rise to Cyber Crime

Author: Ed Cabrera
In November, at least 35 healthcare facilities in the U.S., U.K. and Canada were targeted by cybercriminals executing Business Email Compromise (BEC) campaigns. The organizations, which included hospitals, specialty care providers, walk-in clinics and pharmaceutical companies, were defrauded by attackers who impersonated executives within the organizations.

Cybercriminals are drawn to and attack the healthcare industry for many reasons, but primarily because they allocate a bulk of their resources to patient care and innovation, which often leaves information security underfunded. However, by becoming educated about BEC scams and the tools available to mitigate this threat, healthcare organizations can drastically reduce email fraud and associated financial losses.

Understanding BEC
BEC is defined by the FBI as a sophisticated email scam that targets businesses working with foreign partners that regularly perform wire transfer payments. As such, BEC scams typically involve an attacker hacking into or spoofing an

Read more at: http://health-system-management.advanceweb.com/healthcare-industry-vulnerabilities-give-rise-to-cyber-crime/

Healthcare Breaches Spike 63% in 2016 – Infosecurity Magazine

The continued wave of cyberattacks impacting healthcare institutions in the United States increased by 63% year-over-year to a total of 93 major attacks.

A report from TrapX Labs also shows that sophisticated cyberattackers are now responsible for 31.42% of all major HIPAA data breaches reported in 2016, which is a 300% increase in the last three years.

To give some context as to how pervasive attacks on healthcare institutions have been, in 2014 cyber attackers were responsible for 9.77% of the total major HIPAA data breaches, and this increased in 2015 to 21.11%. These sophisticated and persistent cyber attackers are a huge threat to the protection of patient healthcare data and critical healthcare operations and ultimately present a direct physical risk to the patients themselves.

The five biggest healthcare cyberattacks of 2016, based on the number of protected health information (PHI) data records breached, begins with Banner Health, in an

Read more at: http://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/healthcare-breaches-spike-63-in/