With the surge in ransomware and other major hacking incidents affecting third-party suppliers, it is more critical than ever for healthcare sector entities to diligently scrutinize threats and risks involving their vendors, says Denise Anderson, president and CEO of the Health-ISAC.
Based on known ransomware attacks against the healthcare sector, here's good news: The volume of attacks seems to have declined, says Allan Liska, a principal intelligence analyst at Recorded Future. Unfortunately, most such attacks not only trigger downtime but include the theft of patient data.
The Department of Health and Human Services has issued a new proposed rule to better align the HIPAA privacy and breach notification rules with regulations involving the confidentiality of records pertaining to patients receiving treatment for substance use disorders.
Healthcare providers and their vendors often fear federal regulatory action, but do fines and corrective action many any difference at all? As breach cases have nearly doubled since 2018, federal fines dropped 93% in 2022, and some say the agency is understaffed and crippled by legal challenges.
The shortage of cybersecurity professionals in the United States includes a scarcity of expertise in medical device security, says Bill Aerts, senior fellow and managing director of the University of Minnesota's recently launched Center for Medical Device Cybersecurity.
Cybersecurity experts warn that large healthcare and public sector organizations are continuing to get hit by "big-game hunting" attackers wielding Lorenz ransomware. Among the group's known victims are Wolfe Eye Clinic in Iowa and Salud Family Health of Colorado.
Over 5,000 major health data breaches since 2009 have affected the personal information of 370 million people. Ransomware gangs and hackers are targeting healthcare providers, insurance firms and partners at an alarming rate. Experts explain why it's such a dangerous game.
Ten state attorneys general are urging Apple to address privacy and security gaps in third-party applications available on the App Store that track, collect or store reproductive health data. The letter comes as scrutiny intensifies over how large tech firms handle sensitive health data.
Authorities charged six people, including five former Tennessee hospital workers, with conspiracy in disclosing health data. Federal prosecutors say the six sold information about patients involved in motor vehicle accidents to third parties, including chiropractors and personal injury attorneys.
U.S. federal authorities are warning critical infrastructure sectors including healthcare to be on the lookout for indicators of Hive ransomware. Healthcare is a particular favorite of Hive affiliates because hospitals and other medical providers often pay ransoms.
Federal officials released updated guidance for medical device cybersecurity incidents, including ransomware, as cyberattacks against the healthcare sector continue to surge. From mid-2020 through 2021, 82% of healthcare systems reported a cyber incident, 34% of which involved ransomware.
Hospitals face attacks from nation-states seeking medical research and cybercriminals using pediatric patient data to apply for loans, says Stoddard Manikin. Adversaries target pediatric records to exploit the patient's credit and adult records when pursuing insurance or prescription fraud.
A recent ransomware attack at a Texas hospital that knocked out phone and email systems for weeks is now even worse following OakBend Medical Center's admission that the hackers downloaded data from the medical records of up to 500,000 individuals.
The Red Cross symbol has marked people and facilities off-limits to attack across a century of wars, but security experts are skeptical about a proposal to create a digital Red Cross marker to protect healthcare and humanitarian groups from cyberattacks. The reason? You can't trust cybercriminals.
Aging medical imaging devices are among those most vulnerable to security incidents, often due to misconfigurations and a lack of security controls, says Elisa Costante, vice president of research at security firm Forescout. She discusses how vendors can reduce security risks in connected products.