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Why are Cyberattacks in the Healthcare Sector on the Rise?

Healthcare organizations are a favorite target for cybercriminals. In the first quarter of 2018, about 1.13 million patient records were compromised in 110 healthcare data breaches (Protenus Breach Barometer). That’s about one data breach per day.

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Topics: Healthcare, Threat Intelligence

Medical Identity Theft: Tips for Detection, Correction, and Protection

If you’ve been the victim of identity theft, you’re not alone. In the past five years, we’ve seen healthcare data breaches grow in both size and frequency, with the largest breaches impacting as many as 80 million people. One in four US consumers had their healthcare data stolen in 2017, and 50% of breaches resulted in medical identity theft. Victims paid an average of $2,500 out-of-pocket costs per incident (Accenture).

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Topics: Cyber Defense, Healthcare

Navigating a HIPAA Reporting Event when Hit with Ransomware

People responsible for cybersecurity in every industry are familiar with the scourge of ransomware. If hit, your organization could be exposed to some very serious regulatory consequences on top of the public embarrassment, technical costs, and financial losses from the incident. For Healthcare entities, HIPAA guidance on exposure of patient information can be very difficult to navigate. An important issue for Healthcare entities is, can they avoid triggering the Breach Notification Rule if hit with ransomware?

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Topics: HIPAA, Compliance, Ransomware, Healthcare