New era of cyber attacks?

Yes, there was a recent distributed denial-of-services (DDoS) attack that was the largest to date.

These attacks are likely to become a lot more common, especially in regard to healthcare.

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The recent attack was a 600 gig botnet. These attacks of this extreme magnitude are expected to increase in frequency.

This hack has the healthcare industry extremely worried.

Attacks such as this could be an extreme risk for EHRs and hospital IT systems.

Why is this different?

You have been hearing about healthcare breaches for several years now. They have routinely been getting worse and more severe. So why should this breach raise alarm?

Because in this breach, hackers took control of web-connected cameras, routers, and other devices to effectuate the series of attacks. The attack compromised thousands of hacked devices and data was leaked at speeds faster than one terabit per second.

This was no small feat.

Now that hackers know this is a possibility, this will be the direction in which they go. Breaches will continue to get worse.

So what should you do?

Protect your practice as much as possible.

Remember, employees are still the number one cause of breaches. Make sure your policies and procedures are up to date and your employees are trained.

Have your HIPAA risk assessment updated.

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