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FBI WARNING: Ransomware attacks on Hospitals and Healthcare providers Imminent Threat 

 October 30, 2020

By  Kevin L Mabry

A joint cybersecurity advisory has been issued by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in an attempt to warn the U.S. healthcare sector about a wave of ransomware activity.

The warning states, “CISA, FBI, and HHS have credible information of an increased and imminent cybercrime threat to U.S. hospitals and healthcare providers. CISA, FBI, and HHS are sharing this information to provide warning to healthcare providers to ensure that they take timely and reasonable precautions to protect their networks from these threats.”

This is also troubling because if you get a “Ransomware Attack” it could be considered a HIPAA breach and could cost your practice in so many other ways, so you should get advice from an expert to see what you should do to minimize your risk. Contact Sentree Systems today to get a free evaluation to see where you stand with potential Ransomware Attacks

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Key Findings

“CISA, FBI, and HHS assess malicious cyber actors are targeting the HPH Sector with Trickbot malware, often leading to ransomware attacks, data theft, and the disruption of healthcare services.”

“These issues will be particularly challenging for organizations within the COVID-19 pandemic; therefore, administrators will need to balance this risk when determining their cybersecurity investments.”

Questions on how you can proactively protect your organization? Contact us to learn about SentreeGuardMD, our ongoing cybersecurity and HIPAA training solution!

 

To see the entire advisory, visit: https://us-cert.cisa.gov/ncas/alerts/aa20-302a#DataBreach

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