This week’s roundup is all about cybersecurity in healthcare. While breaches have been a problem since healthcare institutions began implementing electronic records years ago, the threats have become much more widespread during the COVID-19 crisis.
Experts have noticed an onslaught of attempts to hack the networks of healthcare organizations, launching phishing and ransomware attacks. The good news is that all manner of security experts are coming to the aid of health care systems across the planet. Help is being put in place from both the public and private sectors. Find out the details in our weekly roundup.
Beaumont Health Says 112K Patients Were Impacted by Data Breach
Authorities at Beaumont Health in Michigan have alerted patients of a security breach that took place in late spring of 2019. While this breach didn’t affect the system’s electronic health records, important personal and health data was accessed, including name, date of birth, diagnosis, and treatment type and location. Since the discovery of this breach in late March of this year, Beaumont has taken steps to prevent future threats. Patients that were notified of this breach are advised to look out for claims on their medical insurance for procedures or treatments they haven’t received. Get the full story from Fox 2 Detroit News.
Volunteer Cybersecurity Pros Say They’ve Stymied Hacks Against Health Care Organizations
A network of 1,400 volunteer cybersecurity professionals reports a constant onslaught of phishing and ransomware attacks against healthcare networks. Much like the phishing expeditions launched to predate on individuals during the COVID-19 outbreak, these campaigns are capitalizing on the chaos, frenzy, and fear within health care organizations, launching all manner of cyberattacks to get at personal and professional credentials. Experts report that as soon as they put out one fire, another one starts blazing and that the situation remains ever-changing. Read more from Cyberscoop.
Hospitals Brace for Increase in Cyberattacks
In an example of cybersecurity challenges in hospitals and health care facilities, ransomware seems to be a popular form of attack among hackers. During these attacks, they lock up the digital system and ask for ransom in order for health care workers to be able to regain access to their patients’ health data. One case reported that the total ransom amounted to $350,000.
Governmental agencies from around the world are looking to create policy and protections for these vulnerable facilities, including INTERPOL and the US Department of Homeland Security.
The private sector is also rallying to help, globally. Cyber firms in the UK and Europe have teamed up to provide protective resources to health care facilities in the UK and Europe in an attempt to prevent future attacks. Additionally, the COVID-19 CTI League, a group of over 1,000 security professionals, has formed with Marc Rogers, executive director of cybersecurity at Okta at the helm as one of the leaders. The goal of this group is to help forestall attacks against vulnerable hospitals and health care facilities overrun with COVID-19 response needs. Find the full story at The Hill.