Big Paydays Force Hospitals to Prepare for Ransomware Attacks

“Infected by ransomware, hospitals around the country have been forced to pay hefty sums to criminal hackers. One of the most extreme cases took place in February, when Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center handed over $17,000 to hackers who took over its systems. Since then, two other hospitals in California, as well as in Kentucky and […]

Data Breach Costs Rise To $7M Per Incident, Study Says

“U.S. companies now pay an average of just over $7 million for a standard data breach, according to a new study from IBM and the Ponemon Institute, the second-highest average in the 11 years the two have been doing the study. In their annual Cost of Data Breach Study for the U.S., the partners found […]

Dallas-based Omni Hotels announces data breach of 50,000 credit, debit cards

“Dallas-based Omni Hotels & Resorts says it was the victim of a malware attack and data breach that impacted more than 50,000 customer credit and debit cards at 49 of the chain’s 60 locations. The data breach was detected on May 30, the company said.  The company said it did not notify consumers until it […]

Your Money or Your PHI: New Guidance on Ransomware

“One of the biggest current threats to health information privacy is the serious compromise of the integrity and availability of data caused by malicious cyber-attacks on electronic health information systems, such as through ransomware. The FBI has reported an increase in ransomware attacks and media have reported a number of ransomware attacks on hospitals.” CHECK […]

Incidents of Ransomware on the Rise: Protect Yourself and Your Organization

“Hospitals, school districts, state and local governments, law enforcement agencies, small businesses, large businesses—these are just some of the entities impacted recently by ransomware, an insidious type of malware that encrypts, or locks, valuable digital files and demands a ransom to release them. The inability to access the important data these kinds of organizations keep […]

HHS: Most Ransomware Attacks Reportable Breaches

“But Does New Guidance Go Far Enough in Describing Reporting Requirements? Most ransomware attacks result in a breach of protected health information that must be reported under HIPAA, according to newly released federal ransomware guidance for healthcare entities and business associates.” CHECK OUT THE FULL ARTICLE >> Author: Marianne Kolbasuk McGee