Security: Data Theft, Social Engineering Threaten Health IT Networks

From the Healthcare IT Infrastructure news article:

…Healthcare IT officials reported social engineering and data theft caused more concern than cyber terrorism, IoT, organized crime, or insider threats. Social engineering attacks were the most common security threat across all organizations and ransomware was the most common security exploit.

Ransomware holds organization data hostage and demands payment in exchange for the return of that data. For healthcare organizations, ransomware is a cause for concern because organizations can face ramifications for violating HIPAA regulations.

Ransomware attacks have been a problem for healthcare organizations over the past year and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a HIPAA guidance earlier this year specifically addressing ransomware to help organizations prevent, detect, contain, and respond to threats…

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