A Tale of 2 Health Data Breaches: Persistent Challenges

June 16, 2020

A Tale of 2 Health Data Breaches: Persistent Challenges

 

Two recently reported health data breaches illustrate persistent security challenges - defending against ransomware attacks as well as unauthorized access to email - that sometimes can expose years' worth of data. 

On June 8, Rangely District Hospital in Eagle Crest Drive, Colorado, reported an April ransomware attack prevented it from accessing patient files in a legacy Meditech database. Proprietary software that the hospital uses to view those files was infected by the ransomware, preventing the hospital from accessing some of the medical records that were entered in the database between August 2012 and August 2017.

David Finn, Executive Vice President at CynergisTek, contributes this article, where he discusses two recent health data breaches that illustrate persistent security challenges – defending against ransomware attacks as well as unauthorized access to email – that sometimes can expose years' worth of data.

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