Recent data breaches involving mental health and substance abuse information highlight some of the special challenges that organizations can face in protecting extra-sensitive patient records. In one incident, stolen patient data was reportedly posted on the dark web.
Hacker attacks added to the HHS Office for Civil Rights "wall of shame" tally of major health data breaches in recent weeks have affected a total of more than 8 million victims. But it's not just hacker attacks that are racking up big breach victim totals.
Ransomware gangs increasingly target organizations - including hospitals and banks - that might be able to recover from such attacks, but not in a timely manner, says Verizon's Mark Rasch. Learn how well-honed incident response plans can help.
Too often when organizations get shaken down by online criminals, they panic, and in the process make the predicament they're facing even worse, warns digital forensic investigator Ondrej Krehel in this video interview.
Cybercriminals wielding Locky crypto-locking ransomware are ramping up their assaults, especially in the healthcare sector, according to FireEye. Attackers are distributing less banking malware and more ransomware, researchers say.
A former Fla. hospital worker has been sentenced to federal prison in a case involving criminal HIPAA violations and tax fraud. Although the prosecution of HIPAA-related crimes are still rare, some experts say such cases could be on the rise.
The recent cyberattack on Banner Health Care, which may have compromised information on as many as 3.7 million individuals, appears to be the largest healthcare data breach reported so far in 2016 - a year that's already seen a string of disturbing hacker attacks. Here's an overview of recent cyberattack trends.
While hackers and ransomware attacks have been hogging the spotlight lately, regulators are warning healthcare entities and their business associates not to underestimate the serious security and privacy threats that insiders can pose.
A Georgia-based orthopedic clinic has confirmed it's one of the victims of cyberattacks by "The Dark Overlord" hacker who recently posted for sale copies of stolen databases he says contain millions of records. But the clinic is tight-lipped about whether it was a victim of extortion.
The nation's HIPAA enforcement agency has dramatically ramped up its issuance of breach-related financial penalties. In the ninth enforcement action of 2016, it slapped University of Mississippi Medical Center with a $2.75 million fine after a breach investigation revealed big security woes.
A new portal - NoMoreRansom.org - aims to help ransomware victims avoid having to pay ransoms to get their data back. Backed by Dutch and EU law enforcement agencies, plus security firms Kaspersky Lab and Intel Security, the site includes the first decryptor for Shade ransomware.
The increase in breaches is having a positive impact on IT security employment, as headlines about one cybersecurity incident after another serve as recruiting tools for skilled cyber defense workers. The IT and IT security workforce reached record levels this past quarter.