What types of hospitals experience data breaches?

An estimated 16 million patient records were stolen in the United States in 2016, and last summer the British health system was crippled by a ransomware attack. While we know these events are on the rise, what do we know about the hospitals that are vulnerable to these attacks? A study in The American Journal […]

Security Survey: 24 Percent of Physicians Fail to Identify Phishing Emails

A recent survey found that doctors were three times worse at identifying phishing emails than their non-physician counterparts, such office workers (24 percent compared to 8 percent). What’s more, 8 in 10 healthcare employees aren’t prepared to protect against common privacy and security threats., according to a survey from MediaPro, a security awareness, and compliance […]

Ransomware Actors Cut Loose on Health Care Organizations

A string of recent attacks suggests that ransomware operators are sharply ramping up their focus on healthcare organizations. Last week, electronic health record (EHR) provider Allscripts became at least the third organization in the health sector to get hit by ransomware since the start of this year. The other two were Indiana-based Hancock Health which ended up […]

Norwegian health authority hacked, patient data of nearly 3 million citizens possibly compromised

Hackers have breached the systems of the Southern and Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority (Helse Sør-Øst RHF), and possibly made off with personal information and health records of some 2.9 million Norwegians. The breach was announced on Monday by the authority and it is still unknown if the attackers managed to access and exfiltrate patient data. The […]

Survey: One in Five Healthcare Professionals Had Patient Data Breaches

A new survey finds that there is a disconnect between data breaches and the level of confidence that healthcare professionals have in protecting sensitive patient medical and healthcare data. Read about the new survey by University of Phoenix College of Health Professions which found that one in five healthcare professionals have experienced a patient record data breach […]

One in five healthcare pros have experienced patient data breaches

According to a recent University of Phoenix College of Health Professions online survey of 504 registered nurses and administrative staff, only a quarter of registered nurses have seen changes in the way their companies handle data security and patient privacy over the past year, despite increased data breaches across all industries. The survey found that 20 percent […]

Healthcare breaches involving ransomware increase year-over-year

2017 has been a very challenging year for healthcare institutions as these organizations remain under sustained attack by cybercriminals that continue to target their networks. End of year research conducted by Cryptonite indicates that there were a total of 140 data breach events characterized and reported to HHS/OCR as IT/hacking in 2017 representing a 23.89% increase over […]

Healthcare organizations and the cloud: Benefits, risks, and security best practices

Healthcare organizations are moving their business-critical applications and workloads to the cloud, and while there are many benefits (lower costs, added flexibility and greater scalability), there are also inherent risks that cannot be overlooked. Ensuring organizations’ sensitive data is being monitored and protected (24/7) is key and having analysts who clearly understand security in the cloud is […]

How Healthcare is a Major Target for Cybercriminals

The internet of things has transformed the healthcare sector, allowing security practitioners to easily share information and deliver personalized treatments. Yet many experts in the security industry believe that of all the industries facing serious cyber threats, healthcare is possibly the most at risk. That’s because relatively speaking, healthcare organizations are still behind when it […]

OCR Warns Health Care Industry of Risks with Previous Employees

In its November newsletter, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) made a great point that we are seeing in the industry—the risks associated with previous employees. Read the full article here. Cognitio’s Context:  We are seeing a disturbing insider threat trend impacting operations and causing corporate harm in the days leading up to an employee’s departure […]