Prepare for Breaches

Healthcare security attacks continue to grow, despite warnings, increased security measures, and risk assessments.

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June 2016 was the worse month for patient record breaches with over 11 million individuals affected.

One breach alone affected 10.3 million records.

Now, there is worse ransomware attacking healthcare data: Satana.

Satana encrypts files and blocks user access. It’s a Trojan virus that combines malware strains.

Satana is installed silently and does not present any errors. The malware waits for a computer to reboot to display the ransom note.

The virus is still at the early stage of development. It is potentially very dangerous to patient information, but it does contain flaws.

Breaches continue to get worse as more malware like Satana is developed. The healthcare industry has valuable patient records and continues to be extremely vulnerable to ransomware and malware threats.

We help our clients detect threats through conducting their risk assessments, as required by HIPAA.

Increased amounts of business associates with access to records further creates security concerns and complexities for physician offices, hospitals, and other providers.

It is essential to take the necessary steps to protect your practice. Make sure your staff is trained, your HIPAA risk assessment is in place, and your polices and procedures are up to date.

Act now, before it’s too late.

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