Cybersecurity Awareness / Ransomware: What You Need to Know
Recorded: October 18, 2017
CEU: 1.0 – Privacy and Security
Healthcare has experienced an increase in cyber-attacks: hacking, phishing, ransomware and other malicious software. Experts anticipate that cyber-attacks will continue to specifically target the healthcare industry.
Phishing is the most common way ransomware is delivered. More than 20% of email recipients open phishing emails and approximately 12% click on an attachment or embedded link. Unfortunately, just one computer user clicking on one link within an email or while visiting a website can lead to a catastrophic compromise of the hospital’s data or infrastructure.
The danger posed by cyber-attacks has also become a patient safety issue. The ‘WannaCry’ and ‘Petya’ ransomware attacks affected many healthcare organizations, including wreaking havoc for the National Health Service in the United Kingdom.
If a healthcare organization does experience ransomware, it must also determine if there is a reportable breach.
- Provide an overview of the evolving cybersecurity landscape: Threats, threat agents, malicious code, etc.
- Explain phishing and ransomware
- Describe the process for properly investigating, containing, and recovering from an incident
- Discuss the challenges of treating ransomware as a breach unless the organization can prove differently, per the Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
- Discuss tips for preventing ransomware
Tom Walsh, CISSP
Founder and Managing Partner
Overland Park, KS
Tom Walsh is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a nationally recognized speaker and a co-author of four books on healthcare information security.
Tom, his business partners, and employees assist organizations throughout the country with their information security programs. Tom has over 25 years of information security experience. In addition to being an independent consultant, Tom has been the “virtual” information security officer for several healthcare organizations.
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