Take Precautions to Avoid Ransomware Intrusions and Adverse Consequences

August 9, 2017. The September 2017 issue of Consumer Reports has an article in the Ask Our Experts section entitled: “How do ransomware attacks work? And if one happens to me, should I pay?” Here is part of the excellent answer:

HHS/OS Issued Late Monday Morning an Updated International Ransomware Cyber Threat Alert and Links for Healthcare Organizations

May 15, 2017. Under the aegis of the Healthcare and Public Health Sector: Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Partnership, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued an email alert entitled: “HHS Update #2: International Cyber Threat to Healthcare Organizations. To sign up for these alerts, visit: https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/list-serve/.

HHS/OS Has Issued a Saturday Ransomware Alert to Healthcare Organizations Concerning the International Cyber Threat

May 13, 2017. The Office of the Secretary (OS) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued an email alert to subscribers at 12:11 PM today to its Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Security List entitled: “HHS Update: international cyber threat to healthcare organizations,” under auspices of the Healthcare and Public Health Sector, a Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Partnership. If you are unfamiliar with the current cybersecurity crisis, check out today’s New York Times article entitled: “Hacking Attack has Security Experts Scrambling to Contain Fallout.” We reproduce pertinent information from the alert below and, as the alert indicates, direct you to www.us-CERT.gov for additional information.

OCR Issues New Fact Sheet Identifying How the HIPAA Security Rule Can Address Ransomware

On July 11, 2016, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a document entitled: Fact Sheet: Ransomware and HIPAA. The purpose of the document was to inform covered entities and business associates how they could enhance security measures to diminish the likelihood of having their electronic protected health information held hostage in a ransomware attack.

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