October 18, 2017
12:00 – 1:00 PM CT

Healthcare has experienced an increase in cyber-attacks: hacking, phishing, ransomware and other malicious software. Experts anticipate that cyber-attacks will continue to specifically target the healthcare industry.

Phishing is the most common way ransomware is delivered. More than 20% of email recipients open phishing emails and approximately 12% click on an attachment or embedded link. Unfortunately, just one computer user clicking on one link within an email or while visiting a website can lead to a catastrophic compromise of the hospital’s data or infrastructure.

The danger posed by cyber-attacks has also become a patient safety issue. The ‘WannaCry’ and ‘Petya’ ransomware attacks affected many healthcare organizations, including wreaking havoc for the National Health Service in the United Kingdom.

If a healthcare organization does experience ransomware, it must also determine if there is a reportable breach.

Program Objectives:

  • Provide an overview of the evolving cybersecurity landscape: Threats, threat agents, malicious code, etc.
  • Explain phishing and ransomware
  • Describe the process for properly investigating, containing, and recovering from an incident
  • Discuss the challenges of treating ransomware as a breach unless the organization can prove differently, per the Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
  • Discuss tips for preventing ransomware

Speaker: Tom Walsh, CISSP

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