DHS webinar Nov. 28 on 'soft target' attacks and critical infrastructure

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The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Cyber and Infrastructure Analysis will host a Nov. 28 webinar for public and private sector stakeholders on its most recent analysis of “soft target” attacks in Western countries and possible critical infrastructure-related consequences. For more on the 10... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Cybersecurity, preparedness

Ransomware attack strikes certain overseas news, real estate websites

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The Department of Health and Human Services today alerted the health care and public health sector to an Oct. 24 ransomware attack against at least 20 news and real estate websites in Eastern Europe and Japan. The malware campaign, called “Bad Rabbit” after the first two words on the ransom page,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Cybersecurity

Abbott updating pacemaker firmware to correct cybersecurity vulnerabilities

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Abbott is updating the firmware for all St. Jude Medical radio frequency-enabled implantable pacemaker devices to address cybersecurity vulnerabilities that could allow an unauthorized user to access a patient's device using commercially available equipment, the Food and Drug Administration reports. The... read more

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Tags: patient safety, physicians, Cybersecurity, nurses

Organizations alerted to imaging, printer cyber vulnerabilities

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Siemens has identified four vulnerabilities in molecular imaging products running Windows 7 that could allow an attacker to remotely execute arbitrary code, the Department of Homeland Security said in an advisory today. Siemens is preparing updates for the affected products, and DHS recommends that... read more

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Tag: Cybersecurity

DHS issues update on federal efforts to strengthen cybersecurity

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The Department of Homeland Security Friday released an initial update on efforts to strengthen the cybersecurity of federal networks and critical infrastructure, including hospitals and health systems, as required by the president’s May executive order. With respect to critical infrastructure, the... read more

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Tags: Cybersecurity, workforce

HHS issues update on ransomware attack

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The Department of Health and Human Services yesterday issued an update on the new and evolving cyberattack using a variant of ransomware, which has hit businesses worldwide with particular impacts in transportation and health care. According to press reports, Nuance Communications, a provider of voice and... read more

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Tag: Cybersecurity

Ransomware attack hits some U.S. hospitals

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A new and evolving cyberattack using a variant of ransomware has hit some hospitals and a pharmaceutical company in the United States, as well as businesses in Ukraine, India, France, Russia and Spain, the Department of Health and Human Services reports. HHS advises organizations to be vigilant and ensure... read more

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Tag: Cybersecurity

HHS issues alert on Microsoft cyber vulnerabilities, 'Hidden Cobra' threat

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The Department of Health and Human Services last week alerted the health care sector to multiple vulnerabilities with Microsoft products and a threat by cyber actors known as “Hidden Cobra.” For additional hospital and health system resources to reduce and manage cyber risks, including in-person training... read more

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Tag: Cybersecurity

HHS cybersecurity task force issues recommendations to Congress

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ cybersecurity task force Friday sent Congress its recommendations for improving cybersecurity in the health care sector. The proposals focus on defining and streamlining leadership, governance and expectations for health care cybersecurity; increasing medical... read more

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Tag: Cybersecurity

Institute issues guidance for protecting medical device systems from ransomware

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ECRI Institute yesterday released guidance to help hospitals protect their medical device systems from ransomware attacks. The report provides recommendations for adapting general cybersecurity principles to the particular requirements of medical device systems, including do’s and don’ts for quickly... read more

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Tag: Cybersecurity

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