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

On Guard for Cyber Attacks

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The recent worldwide ransomware attack proves just how important cybersecurity is for hospitals. While many entities around the world saw their operations temporarily crippled by the attack, thankfully, few U.S. hospitals were successfully breached. That speaks to the tremendous efforts the field has made... read more

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Tag: Cybersecurity

HHS updates ransomware guidance for health care organizations

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The Department of Health and Human Services last night issued updated ransomware and cyber threat guidance for health care organizations. Ransomware attacks, a type of cyberattack in which the actors demand the payment of ransom to regain access to a victim’s data, were reported Friday by companies and... read more

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Tag: Cybersecurity

England's National Health Service, others report ransomware attacks

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Hospitals and other clinical services in England’s National Health Service today reported a ransomware attack, a type of cyberattack in which the actors demand the payment of ransom to regain access to a victim’s data. “This attack was not specifically targeted at the NHS and is affecting organizations... read more

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Tag: Cybersecurity

President issues executive order on cybersecurity, critical infrastructure

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President Trump yesterday issued an executive order on strengthening the cybersecurity of federal networks and critical infrastructure, which includes hospitals and health systems. Among other provisions, the order calls for each federal agency to use the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Cybersecurity

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