Recently, the Ponemon Institute conducted an extensive research study into the state of cybersecurity among healthcare professionals. The results were dismal. On average, healthcare organizations included in the study have suffered from at least one cyberattack per month over the last 12 months. In addition, nearly half of all of the study’s respondents have experienced a cyber attack that caused them to either lose or expose patient data.
After providing Texas Panhandle businesses with IT solutions for nearly 13 years, we have seen it all but there are some mistakes that we see over and over again. When businesses come to us for a free network assessment, we can expect some of the following mistakes to occur. Luckily, we can easily remedy these mistakes and get you on the road to security and safe use of technology.
The use of mobile devices among all industries (healthcare, financial, education, oil & gas, etc.) has skyrocketed over the past few years. Security firm Kaspersky Lab found that 62% of business owners use personal mobile devices for work and 92% of them store sensitive company data on devices that are used for both personal and work purposes.
Though Windows XP has not been supported by Microsoft for over two years, it continues to be used widely by many companies and organizations. During the past two years, there have been no security patches or updates released to users. Despite this, companies continue to play with fire and rely on an insecure environment. Use of Windows XP is so widespread, in fact, that it runs on one in every ten computers worldwide.
As we have been repeatedly reporting over the past few weeks, there has been a surge in ransomware attacks, targeting businesses, healthcare organizations and everyday computer owners (including Mac users). Cyber criminals have found that they can make thousands of dollars quite easily by encrypting their victim’s data and holding it for ransom. Victims have no choice but to cough up the money, not knowing if the hacker will stay true to their word and decrypt the data.
Last week, multiple hospitals fell victim to a new of strain of crypto-ransomware that directly attacks vulnerable servers, creating disruption, downtime, and loss of thousands of dollars. The ransomware, nicknamed Samsam caused the FBI to issue an urgent warning to the healthcare industry, including signature data for Samsam activity so organizations can scan their networks for infections, according to Reuters.
Imagine your company’s data has been breached, including sensitive customer information. Did you do everything in your power to prevent such an attack? If not, you could (and most likely will) end up on the wrong side of law and you will be required to pay some hefty fines depending on the scope of the breach.
As technology used in the healthcare industry continues to broaden, security is struggling to keep up. For example, more healthcare organizations like primary care physicians, dentists, eye doctors, and specialists are using mobile devices like tablets and smartphones in their day to day operations. Of course, this mobilization of patient data creates increased security risks in an age when healthcare data has become extremely valuable to online hackers. To remedy this, there are certain steps you should take when implementing the use of mobile devices in your healthcare practice.
Businesses and PC owners beware: a unique type of data-stealing malware has been found in the wild. This malware is capable of infecting computers that are not connected to the internet and is so stealthy that it is (mostly) undetectable. The malware is called “USB Thief” because it is spread via USB thumb drives and once it has taken hold of a system, it steals massive amounts of data without detection, according to We Live Security.
You may already be accepting card payment transactions at your small business or you may just be dipping your toe in the water. Either way, you should know that the way in which you accept credit and debit cards is vital to the security of your business. Credit card theft and fraud is so common today that we hear about a large credit card data breach and immediately forget about it. Home Depot, Target, and Walgreen’s are some of the major retailers who lost credit card data to hackers in the past several years. Even as individuals we often get notices from our bank that someone tried to use our card in some distant city.