Tag: cybercriminals


Whitepaper Download: Protecting Data in the Healthcare Industry

All it takes is one slipup to forever change the public’s outlook on your organization. This is especially true for healthcare providers. Your patients need to trust that your staff can provide them with the care they need and that your IT system won’t put their protected health information (PHI) at risk. There’s nothing like suffering a data breach to potentially lose that trust forever. HIPAA urges you to check for compliance once a year, but that simply isn’t good enough. Cyber-attacks are increasing every year. Data breaches are more prominent than ever. Cybercriminals are only growing bolder — we just recently detailed how one breach took down a major American city — for example. Ask yourself this: Are you

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The Ever-Expanding Threat of Cyber Criminals

The Dark Overlord, a dangerous group of cyber criminals, have made a name for themselves over the past several years. We’ve covered some of their illegal activities in the past targeting healthcare and financial institutions, and unfortunately, they’ve continued to make news. Their latest attacks open a new front into cybersecurity, signaling a shift all organizations should have on their radar. Here’s what you need to know. Real-Life Ransom As you likely know, when it comes to ransomware and cyberattacks, everyone from the FBI to security professionals like us advise that you never pay the demanded ransom. This only emboldens cyber criminals and there’s no guarantee that you’ll actually receive your stolen data. Instead, the best protection is to have

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The Final Tally: Healthcare Breaches in 2016

The healthcare sector was dealt a rough cybersecurity hand in 2016. Department of Health and Human Services’, which tracks all reported breaches in the healthcare field, recorded 310 incidents for the year (affecting a minimum of 500 people in each case). All together, these breaches added up to affect a staggering 16.1 million people. The chart below, pulled from the Department of Health and Human Services, lists the 10 biggest healthcare breaches of 2016. Business State Individuals Affected Submission Date Type of Breach Banner Health AZ   3,620,000   8/3/16   Hacking/IT Incident   Newkirk Products, Inc.   NY   3,466,120   8/9/16   Hacking/IT Incident   21st Century Oncology   FL   2,213,597   3/4/16   Hacking/IT Incident  

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