Having your health data held hostage sounds scary, but there are ways to protect your organization. A cybersecurity expert shares strategies for defending against a new breed of hackers.
Ransomware attacks—where hackers install malware that locks access to certain organization computer systems—have been in the news recently. Privacy and security consultant Tom Walsh, CISSP, recently shared his advice with the Journal of AHIMA.
Reports about the security of medical devices have been in the news as the Department of Homeland Security and the Food and Drug Administration have started taking steps to ensure device security.
The personal information of an estimated 80 million people has been compromised in a cyber attack on the information systems of insurance giant Anthem Inc., the country’s second largest insurer. Sources say the information stored on Anthem’s databases was not encrypted.
A group of hackers believed to be based in China has stolen nonmedical patient data on 4.5 million patients stored in Community Health Systems’ (CHS) computer systems.
According to the Franklin, TN-based health system, medical and credit card records were not stolen, though patient names, addresses, birthdates, and phone and Social Security numbers were taken, the Associated Press reported. According to Modern Healthcare, CHS believes that hackers originally set out to steal the intellectual property on medical devices and other equipment but instead stole data on patients who sought care from its physician practices.