Learn to protect your health information from these cyber-threats.
Ransomware is malware that restricts access to a healthcare provider's computer and data and demands a payment of ransom to the attacker. 2016 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey respondents identified ransomware as the most significant future cybersecurity threat. Respondents report being only moderately prepared to detect ransomware and protect themselves from it. Yet, many have not yet allocated sufficient budget and staff to cybersecurity. The Cybersecurity Hub aims to raise the level of awareness and education about ransomware and provides tips on how to avoid being a victim.
Data breaches and security attacks are experienced by eighty percent of healthcare providers. Significant security incidents affecting healthcare providers are now the norm, instead of the exception, according to 80 percent of respondents to the 2016 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey. In spite of this, many healthcare providers are not adopting basic security measures, such as encryption of data at rest and in transit or implementingintrusion detection or intrusion prevention systems and firewalls. As such, many healthcare providers face the possibility of compromise, especially through cyber means.
Spear Phishing & SQL injection
Spear phishing is a highly targeted and, unfortunately, a more successful form of phishing. These emails may be from someone whom the recipient may know or does business with, and appear to be legitimate and safe, but they are not. Instead, the attacker has carefully crafted an email to elicit information, trick the recipient into clicking on a malicious link contained in the email or open a malicious attachment, or trick the recipient into taking some other action.