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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  • Security Control Validation Assessment Overview Sheet

    Security Control Validation Assessment Overview Sheet

    Security Control Validation Assessment measures the capability of your security teams, processes, and technology to determine the organization's overall business risk.

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  • Adversary Validation Service Overview Sheet

    Adversary Validation Service Overview Sheet

    Adversary Validation discovers vulnerabilities with no disruption to network operations and allows your organization to remediate before the malicious hacker can exploit your environment.

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  • US Treasury: Paying Ransomware Gangs Could Violate Regulations

    US Treasury: Paying Ransomware Gangs Could Violate Regulations

    Caleb Barlow provides commentary on The Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control warning companies that they could be fined for paying or facilitating ransom payments to cyber-criminal gangs.

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  • State of Healthcare Security 2020 Annual Report

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  • Security Awareness Tips

    Security Awareness Tips

    The Security Awareness Tips list allows you to download, customize, and share tips and best practices to your clients to give them insight on how they can protect their data.

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  • Plan for, Recognize and Respond to Cyber Incidents

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  • Attack on Universal Health Services a cry for change

    Attack on Universal Health Services a cry for change

    Caleb Barlow, CEO of CynergisTek provides his expertise in this article regarding the Universal Health Services ransomware attack.

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  • Ransomware Preparedness Checklist

    Ransomware Preparedness Checklist

    Ransomware is a trending topic for healthcare in 2020. The following checklist delivers tips and best practices to enhance your posture when dealing with ransomware.

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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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