U.S. Healthcare

What Happened

Researchers discovered a variation of one of the most common types of ransomware was used to target labs researching coronavirus.

What It Means

Ransomers are targeting anyone who may be urgently in the midst of fighting the pandemic in order to make a quick profit.

What To Do

Conduct a spot risk assessment of any facilities within your network that may be conducting or supporting research work on Covid 19.

International Healthcare

What Happened

Romanian authorities said they disrupted a planned ransomware attack against international hospitals.

What It Means

Authorities in Eastern Europe may be increasing enforcement operations in response to healthcare threats from ransomware during COVID-19.

What To Do

Check with your law enforcement liaisons about activity that may have been thwarted against your facility to plan for future attacks.

HIPAA Compliance

What Happened

HHS has begun issuing HIPAA waivers for telehealth and data sharing, in order to expedite information flow.

What It Means

Many hospitals and offices are evaluating existing data encryption and transfer procedures to comply with the waivers.

What To Do

Be prepared to communicate rapid changes in how data is stored and transmitted as further guidance is issued.
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