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37% of Ransomware Attacks Targeted Healthcare Organizations in Q3, Cyber Insurer Says

Nov 07 by Luana Pascu

While industry reports claim ransomware attacks have dropped, cybersecurity insurance company Beazley Breach Response (BBR) Services has reported otherwise. According to businesses benefiting from its insurance deals, there has been a surge in the number of reported ransomware attacks, especially in September, when incidents nearly doubled from a month earlier.

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High Churn Rate in Healthcare May Help Explain Sector’s Vulnerability to Phishing, Research Suggests

Nov 01 by Filip Truta

Healthcare lags behind most other industries in recognizing and reporting phishing attacks, new research shows. The resilience of healthcare providers to phishing emails is much lower than in other verticals, while its high turnover rate might have something to do with it.

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Healthcare.gov Detects Significant Breach On Enrollment Exchanges

Oct 26 by George V. Hulme

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it has detected anomalous activity in its Federally Facilitated Exchanges (FFEs) Direct Enrollment pathway for agents and brokers. This is the system that enables agents and brokers to help consumers with their coverage applications to the FFEs. One can imagine the type and quantity of sensitive information shared on these systems.

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Anthem Agrees to $16 Million Settlement Following Compromise of 80 Million Health Records

Oct 17 by Luana Pascu

Anthem, the second-largest health insurer in the US, will pay $16 million to the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights following a data breach that exposed the electronic protected health information (ePHI) of almost 80 million people. Anthem will also initiate a corrective action plan to include thorough risk analysis and regular reporting.

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Cryptojacking Uncrowns Ransomware as Major Threat for Healthcare Industry

Sep 24 by Luana Pascu

The healthcare industry is among the top targets of cyberattacks, especially since the internet of things found its way into the industry and completely revolutionized it. After healthcare’s share of ransomware attacks in 2017, and a great deal of data theft, phishing and more ransomware in 2018, cybercriminals gradually switched methods, tapping into the cryptojacking space.

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86 Percent Increase in Data Breaches in 2016 Led to 1.4 Billion Data Record Compromised

Mar 28 by Liviu Arsene

More than 1.4 billion data records are estimated to have been compromised in 2016 as a direct result of data breaches, spawning an 86 percent increase compared to 2015, according to a Gemalto’s Breach Level Index. With organizations continuously being targeted by cybercriminals either with sophisticated advanced threats or through infrastructure vulnerabilities, the main driver behind these attacks is often related to financial gains or gratification.

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Healthcare Security Q&A with Eric W. Cowperthwaite

Jun 28 by George V. Hulme

In the recent post, Healthcare Security Lapses: No Signs of Slowdown, we discussed just how big the challenges are to securing healthcare data. To get a sense of what healthcare providers may be doing that are hampering their efforts, we turned to a long-time hospital chief information security officer, Eric W. Cowperthwaite. Cowperthwaite served at Seattle–based Providence Health & Services as its first Chief Information Security Officer for more than seven years. Cowperthwaite also served as the first Information Security Officer of Medi-Cal (California’s Medicaid program), where he established a formal information security program.

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