Yet another organization has acknowledged it opted to pay cyberattackers after its systems were infected with ransomware, the file-encrypting malware that has become one of the most dreaded menaces across the internet.
In the latest ISMG Security Report, our editors examine the top concerns of security practitioners gathered at Infosecurity Europe, NIST's planned revision of its cybersecurity framework and U.S. government efforts to make sure patients can securely access their electronic health records.
While awaiting new guidance from the HHS Office for Civil Rights, healthcare organizations can take several steps to help determine whether a ransomware attack is a reportable breach under HIPAA, says compliance attorney Betsy Hodge.
A federal watchdog agency will investigate whether government monitoring of medical device security controls is adequate, it announced in an update of its priorities for the rest of this year. In a separate report, it raised serious concerns about the security of the Washington state Obamacare insurance exchange.
Researchers at RiskAnalytics have watched a botnet of compromised computers in the Ukraine and Russia become a growing hive of criminal activity, playing a role in everything from ransomware and click fraud to spam bots and stolen payment card marketplaces.
Cybercrime continues to be incredibly lucrative. Yet many of the techniques being wielded by connected criminals aren't new, said security expert Mikko Hypponen of F-Secure in a keynote speech at this week's Infosec Europe conference in London.
Akamai warns of a rash of less sophisticated attempts to extort companies by threatening to strike with distributed denial-of-service attacks, which can be expensive for organizations to defend against.
Cybercrime alert: In March, 93 percent of all phishing emails studied contained ransomware designed to forcibly encrypt PCs, says PhishMe chief operating officer Jim Hansen. In an interview, he offers insights on how to respond.
ISMG editors, in a special report, examine the status of data breach notification laws in a number of regions, including the European Union, which this past week implemented the General Data Protection Regulation, although enforcement won't take place for two years.
The U.S. Congress delves into the issue of whether CISOs should report to CIOs, a topic that leads the Friday, May 27, 2016, edition of the ISMG Security Report, an on-demand audio report offered every Tuesday and Friday.
Stu Sjouwerman, CEO of KnowBe4, has seen first-hand the devastating impact of ransomware on healthcare entities. And he knows traditional defenses aren't enough to ward off attackers. What's needed is a whole new approach to user education.
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives is calling on Congress to create financial incentives for healthcare providers to boost their cybersecurity. Leslie Krigstein of CHIME offers examples of potential incentives in this in-depth audio report.
At a May 25 Congressional hearing to gain input regarding a bill that would elevate the role of CISO at the Department of Health and Human Services, legislators learn that there is no one-size-fits-all pecking order for CISOs at healthcare organizations in the private sector.
A surge in ransomware attacks on hospitals is driving healthcare organizations large and small - as well as lawmakers and law enforcement agencies - to consider new and improved approaches to dealing with this evolving threat.