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A How-To For Combating Ransomware

by Jessica Davis

Healthcare IT News

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HHS Office for Civil Rights releases ransomware guidance

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights has released its guidance to help healthcare organizations handle ransomware attacks, including prevention methods, a detailed description of ransomware and advice on how to respond to a ransomware threat. One important highlight is the reiteration that both malware and ransomware constitute a security incident under HIPAA.

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Ramping Up to Combat Ransomware

Training, contingency plans and notification to patients whose records may have been compromised are all part of recently released HHS guidance for dealing with ransomware attacks. The threat of such attacks is rising. Is your organization taking extra precautions to address the risk?

Having a ransomware response plan in place can help to minimize risk in the event of a breach. A little planning and practice can go a long way in helping to protect your data and IT systems and saving your organization as well. Start drafting your plan as soon as possible.