July 2017

5 Cyber Security Threats to Know About Right Now

Tom Sullivan,, July 7, 2017

Hackers and cybercriminals continued tapping into new techniques last month to essentially break into IT networks, if not cripple some of those. It’s not just Petya following in WannaCry’s footsteps, either. But since that ransomware turned wiper malware certainly grabbed the spotlight, it took the top slot in HIMSS roster of threat, vulnerability and mitigation issues in the June 2017 Healthcare and Cross-Sector Cybersecurity Report.

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4 Ways to Integrate Your Cyber Security Incident Response and Business Continuity Plans

Stephanie Ewing-Ottmers,, July 12, 2017

In most organizations, cyber security incident response (IR) and business continuity (BC) or disaster recovery (DR) are still considered as separate functions and distinct disciplines. This is clearly a missed opportunity to maximize resources since they are two sides of the same coin. These disciplines share the common goals of protecting the organization’s reputation and ensuring continuity of operations.

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Opinion: Data Breaches and Cybersecurity Now Top C-Suite Concerns

Paul A. Laudicina and Erika R. Peterson,, July 12, 2017

Among the interesting results from our 2017 Views from the C-Suite survey of global executives is the fact that, of all the myriad challenges facing businesses worldwide, executives are most concerned about cybersecurity . An overwhelming 85 percent of told us they believe that cyberattacks will become more frequent and costly over the next 12 months.

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Lost Backup Drive Contained PHI 500 EEG Patients

HIPAA Journal Staff,, July 10, 2017

Baptist Medical Center South of Jacksonville, Florida has discovered a backup drive containing the electronic protected health information of 531 patients has gone missing. The portable storage drive was discovered to be missing on May 18, 2017.

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OCR Issues a Cyberattack Response ‘Checklist’

Marianne Kolbasuk,, June 9, 2017

Federal regulators have issued new materials to aid healthcare organizations and their vendors in their “quick response” to cyberattacks . The checklist and infographic from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights are part of HHS’ ongoing campaign to help improve awareness and especially readiness of healthcare sector entities in dealing with escalating cyberattacks .

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Medical Devices at Risk: 5 capabilities that Invite Danger

Taylor Amerding,, July 3, 2017

Medical device cybersecurity is lousy — beyond lousy. Indeed, the word from security experts for most of the past decade (and certainly since those devices increasingly have become connected to the internet) has been that while the physical security of most is superb and the devices function flawlessly, possibly for years at a time, when it comes to security from malicious online attacks, these devices are frighteningly insecure.

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Majority of DDoS Attacks are Short, Low-Volume Bursts

Dark Reading Staff,, June 5, 2017

DDoS attacks largely fall into the camp of short, low-volume sieges, but large-volume attacks are sharply on the rise, according to a study released today. Short, low-volume DDoS attacks still account for the majority of slam sessions against networks, but large-volume attacks posted a 55% spike in the first quarter over the previous quarter, according to a report released today by Corero Network Security.

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Latest Ransomware Hackers Didn’t Make WannaCry’s Mistakes

Lily Hay Newman,, June 27, 2017

The latest sweeping ransomware assault bares some similarity to the WannaCry crisis that struck seven weeks ago. Both spread quickly, and both hit high-profile targets like large multinational companies and critical infrastructure providers.

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