Preventing and Responding to ePHI Ransomware Breaches

Preventing and Responding to ePHI Ransomware Breaches

The ransomware threat to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) covered entities is real and growing. According to a recent U.S. government interagency report, since early 2016 there have been an average of 4,000 daily ransomware attacks—a 300% increase over 2015, which had 1,000 daily ransomware attacks reported. Many of these attacks are aimed at electronic protected health information (ePHI), which means ...

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4 Golden Ransomware Prevention Rules for Employees

4 Golden Ransomware Prevention Rules for Employees

Ransomware is a type of malware that prevents or limits users from accessing their system—either by locking the system's screen or by locking the user’s files—unless a ransom is paid. Suppose, for example, that Michael in Finance receives an email that looks like it’s from Human Resources (HR) with a subject line that reads “2016 Health Insurance Options.” How do you train Michael and the rest of your staff not to open the attached document? 

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