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What’s Your Number One Security Nightmare? It’s Called Ransomware
Posted on: 3/9/2018

Not that long ago, terms such as malware, ePHI, ransomware and computer forensics firms were unknown to us.


But cyber attacks are now the new normal and they will continue to be a major challenge to the health care field. According to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), 4,000 ransomware attacks have occurred daily since early 2016 – with nearly 50 percent related to health care!

Ransomware is malicious software that infiltrates a computer and holds its data hostage until a ransom fee is paid, usually in bitcoin currency so that attackers can remain anonymous.

IMPORTANT: If a covered entity or business associate experiences a ransomware attack, it is presumed to be a reportable breach unless it can be proved otherwise

Learn more about your obligations to protect electronic protected health information (ePHI) by accessing ISMS' Issue Brief, Privacy Protection in the Digital Age: The Threat Posed by Ransomware.

If you need personal assistance, ISMS members and their practice management professionals may also contact our advocacy team with questions by calling 800-782-4767 ext. 1470, or by sending an email.

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