Breach Prevention & Response

News, Tips & Best Practices for Preventing and Responding to Incidents and Breaches

  • Measuring Progress: Expanding the Horizon | 2019 Annual Report

    Measuring Progress: Expanding the Horizon | 2019 Annual Report

    CynergisTek's second annual report analyzed the results of assessments at hundreds of healthcare organizations against NIST CSF and the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules.

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  • Netwalker, the Powerful New Strain of Ransomware Used Against Equinix

    Netwalker, the Powerful New Strain of Ransomware Used Against Equinix

    Caleb Barlow discusses the recent ransomware attack on Equinix infrastructure disclosed earlier this month. Equinix stated it has been fully contained, with no customers affected and no data loss.

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  • Lessons from the ransomware death: Prioritize cyber emergency preparedness

    Lessons from the ransomware death: Prioritize cyber emergency preparedness

    Caleb Barlow provides commentary which discusses the recent ransomware attack at Duesseldorf University Clinic (UKD) in Germany that led to the death of a patient.

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  • Moving Forward: Setting the Direction | 2020 Annual Report

    Moving Forward: Setting the Direction | 2020 Annual Report

    Our third annual report, Moving Forward: Setting the Direction, our analysts combed through data of the nearly 300 assessments performed to show the state of healthcare security in 2020.

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  • EHR Vendor Settles HITECH Fraud Case

    EHR Vendor Settles HITECH Fraud Case

    Marti Arvin offers commentary for this article which focuses on the recent announcement from federal prosecutors who have agreed to pay $500,000 to settle the 2015 HITECH fraud case.

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  • Data Security: Telehealth's Achilles Heel?

    Data Security: Telehealth's Achilles Heel?

    This article includes results from CynergisTek’s recent telehealth survey Telehealth & Data Security: Understanding the Risks and the use of hospitals using telehealth if their data has been hacked.

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  • Unsecured Database Exposed on Web - Then Deleted

    Unsecured Database Exposed on Web - Then Deleted

    David Finn contributes to this article where he discusses benevolent bots and building security and privacy into the design process for software vendors.

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  • North Carolina health center to pay $25,000 HIPAA fine

    North Carolina health center to pay $25,000 HIPAA fine

    Marti Arvin, Executive Advisor at CynergisTek, offered commentary for this article, which discusses the recent HIPAA fine on Agape Health Services, a N.C.-based federally qualified health center.

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  • Securing Healthcare  Attackers, Defenders, and Data…Oh My!1:01:48

    Securing Healthcare Attackers, Defenders, and Data…Oh My!

    How are threat actors targeting healthcare providers? Where do healthcare regulations and cybersecurity frameworks intersect and how do they benefit from each other? Why should clinics and hospitals m

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  • Victim Count in Magellan Ransomware Incident Soars

    Victim Count in Magellan Ransomware Incident Soars

    David Finn discusses the risks faced by interconnected organizations in the healthcare sector and how the number of people affected by the April ransomware attack on Magellan Health continues to grow.

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  •  Breach Notification Delay: A Step-by-Step Timeline

    Breach Notification Delay: A Step-by-Step Timeline

    Why are some breach notifications delayed for months? David Bailey discusses the statement made by Choice Health Management Services which issued a step-by-step explanation on breach notifications.

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  • When Will COVID-19-Related Scams Show Up on Breach Tally?

    When Will COVID-19-Related Scams Show Up on Breach Tally?

    The FBI and other law enforcement agencies have been warning of COVID-19-related phishing scams, business email compromises, ransomware attacks, and other cyberattacks.

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  • Using COVID-19 Patient Data for Research: Sizing Up Risks

    Using COVID-19 Patient Data for Research: Sizing Up Risks

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  • COVID-19 Crisis Triggers More HIPAA Policy Changes

    COVID-19 Crisis Triggers More HIPAA Policy Changes

    In the latest move to relax certain HIPAA requirements during the COVID-19 crisis, federal regulators Thursday paved the way for business associates to share protected health information for public he

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  • COVID-19: Tips for Secure Remote Worksites, Telehealth Video, and Messaging

    COVID-19: Tips for Secure Remote Worksites, Telehealth Video, and Messaging

    David Holtzman discusses tips on how to keep secure remote worksites, telehealth video, and messaging during the COVID-19 Outbreak.

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  • Planning for Incident Response During the COVID-19 Crisis: Tales on Tackling The Security Debt

    Planning for Incident Response During the COVID-19 Crisis: Tales on Tackling The Security Debt

    Our team of our experts puts together a checklist to help organizations plan for an incident response during the COVID-19 crisis. They discuss 30/60/90 day planning around privacy and security.

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  • OCR Relaxes HIPAA Rules for COVID-19 Testing Sites

    OCR Relaxes HIPAA Rules for COVID-19 Testing Sites

    Mobile, walk-up and drive-through COVID-19 testing sites operated by hospitals, healthcare providers, and pharmacy chains are the latest beneficiaries of a series of targeted measures to relax...

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  • Coalition Formed to Address COVID-19 Crisis

    Coalition Formed to Address COVID-19 Crisis

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  • Alphabet's COVID-19 project underscores privacy concerns with big tech

    Alphabet's COVID-19 project underscores privacy concerns with big tech

    A new COVID-19 project from one of Google’s sister companies is the latest big-tech foray into healthcare to spark privacy concerns.

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  • Thinking About the Unthinkable: Preparing for Incident Response with a Remote Workforce

    Thinking About the Unthinkable: Preparing for Incident Response with a Remote Workforce

    Background on Incident Response During Coronavirus Pandemic The coronavirus pandemic has pushed many healthcare organizations to allow an increased number to shift to a remote workforce...

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