HEALTHCARE INFOSECURITY NEWSLETTER

June 2019

[Blog] Lessons from the Baltimore Cyber Attack—Are You Doing Enough to Protect Your Business?

Keith Melancon, deltarisk.com, June 6, 2019 

As more details emerge on the Baltimore cyber attack, you might be wondering if you’re doing enough to protect yourself from a cyber security standpoint. If you’re not, what steps do you need to take to get there? Learn the answers in our latest blog.

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Quest Diagnostics Says 11.9 Million Patients Affected by Data Breach

techcrunch.com, June 3, 2019  

Medical testing giant Quest Diagnostics has confirmed a third-party billing company has been hit by a data breach affecting 11.9 million patients. The laboratory testing company revealed the data breach in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. According to the filing, the breach was a result of malicious activity on the payment pages of the American Medical Collection Agency, a third-party collections vendor for Quest.

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Facebook Says Changes are Being Made to Health Support Groups After Privacy Complaint

hipaajournal.com, May 6, 2019

Facebook says it’s making some privacy changes to Facebook Groups used to discuss health conditions. The move comes following criticism that the groups were being promoted as private and confidential when information about participants in health groups was being made available to third parties for advertising purposes. While the move is a step in the right direction, some information can still be used for advertising purposes.

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Chinese National Indicted for 2015 Anthem Breach

cyberscoop.com, May 9, 2019

A federal grand jury has indicted a Chinese national for being part of an “extremely sophisticated hacking group” that breached U.S. businesses, including the seminal 2015 hack of health insurer Anthem that exposed personal information on nearly 79 million people.

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Healthcare Sector Continues to Battle Ransomware, Insider Attacks

hcinnovationgroup.com, May 8, 2019

For the second year in a row the healthcare market is the only industry to show a greater number of insider attacks (59 percent) than external (42 percent), according to the Verizon 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report. The annual report provides a global view of cyberattacks from malware to insider threats to cyber espionage, and this year’s report analyzes more than 41,000 cyber security incidents and over 2,000 data breaches from 86 countries.

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Medical Imaging Company to Pay $3 Million HIPAA Fine

modernhealthcare.com, May 6, 2019

Touchstone Medical Imaging has agreed to pay $3 million to HHS’ Office for Civil Rights to settle potential HIPAA violations associated with a data breach that exposed more than 300,000 patients’ protected health information. The Franklin, Tenn.-based diagnostic medical imaging services company will also adopt a corrective action plan as part of the settlement, HHS said.

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Ransomware Attack on Connecticut Provider Impacts 25,148 Patients

healthitsecurity.com, May 13, 2019

Connecticut-based Southeastern Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence is notifying 25,148 patients that their data was potentially breached during a February ransomware attack. The compromised data included patient names, addresses, Social Security numbers, medical histories, and treatments.

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Lawmakers Blast DoD Officials Over EHR Implementation Delays

hitinfrastructure.com, May 3, 2019

Lawmakers blasted Department of Defense officials over delays in the deployment and integration of its new electronic health record (EHR) system, during a May 1 hearing of the House Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee. Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX) criticized the lack of urgency on the part of DoD representatives who testified at a panel last month about the EHR implementation.

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[White Paper] New! 2019 Cloud Security Report 

 Organizations continue to adopt cloud computing at a rapid pace to benefit from the promise of increased efficiency, better scalability, and improved agility. So, what is and isn’t working for security operations teams when it comes to securing the cloud? Read our latest white paper to learn more.

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