How to ward off cyber-extortion – OCR offers some tips
Abstract: Cyber-extortion schemes are on the rise, and hospitals aren’t immune. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued some guidance that might help hospitals avoid these types of attacks. This article explains the forms these attacks may take, including ransomware, Denial of Service and Distributed Denial of Service, and threats to expose sensitive data. It also outlines several steps hospitals can take, such as implementing a robust risk analysis / risk management program and limiting internal network access, which will assist them in protecting their data.