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As the year winds down, phishing and ransomware attacks continue to plague the healthcare sector, as illustrated by recent breach reports. A hospital owned by Cancer Treatment Centers of America is among the latest phishing victims.
Thousands of emails from four senior aides within the National Republican Congressional Committee were exposed after their accounts were compromised for several months earlier this year, Politico reports. Few details have been released about the incident, which was investigated by Crowdstrike.
The healthcare sector is making progress in moving from a reactive to a proactive approach to cybersecurity as it learns lessons from other sectors, including financial services, says Greg Garcia, executive director for cybersecurity at the Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council.
To combat cyberattacks, more nations must not only hold nation-state attackers accountable, but also better cooperate by backing each other's attribution, said Estonian politician Marina Kaljurand, who chairs the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace, in her opening keynote speech at Black Hat Europe 2018.
Common data security mistakes made by many organizations including having a static security plan that doesn't evolve, focusing solely on compliance and not testing incident response plans, says Monique Kunkel of NTT Data Services.
In a groundbreaking effort, the attorneys general of a dozen states have jointly filed a federal lawsuit against a cloud-based electronic health records vendor that reported a 2015 data breach affecting 3.9 million individuals.
Federal regulators have slapped a company that provides contracted physicians to hospitals and nursing homes with a $500,000 HIPAA settlement in a breach case involving the lack of a business associate agreement with an individual providing billing services.
A severe vulnerability in Kubernetes, the popular open-source software for managing Linux applications deployed within containers, could allow an attacker to remotely steal data or crash production applications. Microsoft and Red Hat have issued guidance and patches; they recommend immediate updating.
One of the most significant cybersecurity challenges facing the healthcare sector is coming up with strategies that work for organizations of broadly varying sizes, says Mark Jarrett, M.D., of Northwell Health.
A failure to patch systems and slipups that lead to insider threats are two major causes of breaches in the healthcare sector that need to be urgently addressed, says Anahi Santiago of Christiana Care Health System.