New Healthcare Cybersecurity Threats Reported

As hackers become more sophisticated, it is important to keep up to date with new threats. There are two new threats that are concerning in that they are difficult to recognize and detect. One of these threats is a very convincing phishing scam, while the other is a malicious encryption scheme that evades ransomware detection software. Although these are not necessarily healthcare cybersecurity threats, they target businesses across [...]

2022-05-06T14:38:09-04:00September 3rd, 2021|

Why You Need Dental IT Support

Dental office administrative staff are often overburdened with a multitude of tasks, especially as of late with staffing shortages across the country. These staff members are often required to wear many hats and are therefore more likely to fall victim to burnout. With their focus divided across several tasks, it is difficult to fully address the security needs of the modern dental practice. This is where dental IT [...]

2022-07-25T09:44:43-04:00September 1st, 2021|

How to Prevent Phishing Attacks in Healthcare

Malware and ransomware attacks have become more prevalent in recent times across all industries and market sectors. Large-scale attacks such as the ones perpetrated on Colonial Pipeline and JBS Foods were widely covered by the media. But these are not the only examples of successfully conducted attacks on businesses of all types and sizes. The healthcare industry presents attractive targets for hackers [...]

2022-05-06T14:43:58-04:00August 20th, 2021|

ePHI Security Emphasized in HHS Summer Newsletter

Although the HHS has long stressed the importance of ePHI security, with the influx of healthcare breaches, it is clear that many organizations have not heeded the warning. With an increase in breaches across all industries, cybersecurity has become the focus of many government agencies including the HHS. Earlier this month the HHS published its “Summer 2021 Cybersecurity Newsletter” further emphasizing the importance of information access [...]

2022-05-06T14:38:10-04:00July 30th, 2021|

PHI Ransomware Attack Targets Law Firm

On July 16, 2021, the Campbell, Conroy & O’Neil law firm published a press release revealing that they had been targeted by a PHI ransomware attack in February 2021.  Upon discovering the incident, Campbell contracted a third-party forensic firm to determine the nature and scope of the incident. The investigation determined that an unauthorized party had gained access to Campbell’s sensitive information, [...]

2022-05-06T14:43:59-04:00July 23rd, 2021|

Eye Care Cyberattack Affects 500K Patients

Wolfe Eye Clinic, based in Iowa, suffered a cyberattack that gave hackers access to their patient files. The eye care cyberattack potentially affected 500,000 patients that had been treated by the clinic. More details are discussed below. How Did the Eye Care Cyberattack Occur? It was recently announced that, on February 8, 2021, Wolfe Eye Clinic discovered that an unauthorized party had [...]

2022-05-06T14:44:00-04:00June 29th, 2021|

4 Remote Working Security Tips: Protecting Patient Privacy in a Remote World

Although many businesses have returned to regular operations, there is still a large portion of workers that continue to work remotely, or work on a hybrid schedule. It seems as though this may continue for sometime, and for some companies, indefinitely. There can be a host of cybersecurity issues when staff members access company information while working remotely. So, how can you protect patient privacy in a remote [...]

2022-05-06T14:38:11-04:00June 8th, 2021|

NIST Seeks Public Comment on Cybersecurity Resource Guide

In 2008, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) organization published guidance as to how covered entities and business associates were expected to implement HIPAA Security Rule requirements. At the end of April of 2021, the NIST organization announced that it is planning to update this cybersecurity guide. The NIST organization is seeking public comment as to what should be included in the new cybersecurity guide. The [...]

2022-05-06T14:38:11-04:00May 20th, 2021|

12 Tips to Improve Healthcare Security

With 1.2 million patients affected by February 2021 healthcare breaches, healthcare security should be at the top of mind for organizations working with patient information. Therefore, healthcare and cybersecurity are both important to maintain. To provide guidance on protecting your organization against breaches, 12 tips to improve your healthcare security are discussed. How to Improve Healthcare Security There are 12 things that you [...]

2022-05-06T14:38:12-04:00March 26th, 2021|

100K Patients Affected by Arizona Eyecare Breach

A ransomware attack occurring on January 13 affected up to 100,000 eyecare patients. The Arizona eyecare breach targeted Cochise Eye and Laser, maliciously encrypting their patients’ files. More details are discussed. Cochise Eye and Laser Eyecare Breach Cochise Eye and Laser runs three eyecare medical offices in Arizona, treating thousands of patients. On January 13, 2021, Cochise Eye and Laser was targeted by a ransomware attack that compromised [...]

2022-05-06T14:44:05-04:00March 8th, 2021|