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Healthcare Cybersecurity Newsletter - February 28, 2018

The US witnesses significant number of healthcare breaches in 2017

According to research Citrix ShareFile collected from the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse and the 2017 Cost of Data Breach Study by the Ponemon Institute, in partnership with IBM Security - Up to two billion files containing the personal data of US citizens were leaked in 2017. 

  • The most common type of breach in 2017 was hacking.
  • The most targeted and vulnerable industry was healthcare (nearly 60% of all leaks in 2017).

Other top three industries that were also greatly affected by cybercrime, were: Technology, Retail and Finance.

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Why Providers Need a Disaster Recovery Plan for EHR Security

Whether healthcare providers are working to prepare for potential natural disasters like hurricanes or manmade cybersecurity issues (i.e., ransomware attacks, insider data breaches) having a disaster recovery plan is essential. Entities of all sizes must ensure that patient care is not compromised during periods of downtime, and also that EHR security is never put at risk. Having a current and comprehensive backup plan and contingency plan are federal requirements under the HIPAA Security Rule.

The Security Rule requires a data backup plan, a disaster recovery plan, and an emergency mode operation plan.

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The most common type of data breach in hospitals? Paper records, study suggests

According to a study published in The American Journal of Managed Care, paper and film records mark the most common location of data breaches in hospitals. The researchers analyzed statistics on data breaches reported to the HHS Office of Civil Rights from 2009 to 2016. Hospitals comprised roughly one-third of all healthcare breaches, according to the researchers. Paper- and film-based records, rather than electronic records, comprised 65 percent of hospital data breaches.

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Report: Healthcare Accounted for 45% of All Ransomware Attacks in 2017

Global cybersecurity insurance company Beazley, looked at more than 2,600 data incidents in 2017, spanning several industries and noted that ransomware remained a constant threat in 2017, including two notable worldwide attacks—WannaCry and NotPetya. The report found that 45 percent of all ransomware attacks studied in 2017 were in the healthcare sector. The next highest industry for volume of ransomware attacks were financial (12 percent) and professional services (12 percent). Overall, the rise of ransomware attacks across all industries continues to be a significant concern; the report revealed an 18-percent increase in ransomware incidents in 2017.

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Take the Cyber Hygiene Pledge and stay Cyber Healthy!

The human being is still the weakest link for security, and therefore good Cyber Hygiene practices to stay Cyber healthy are important. Count, Control, Configure, Patch and Repeat! Call 24By7Security, Inc for a security risk assessment today at (844)-55-CYBER or visit our website at https://24By7Security.com!

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