Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Blog Posts From October 2020
Blog: FBI Healthcare Alert - Imminent Threat Of Widespread Ryuk Attack
Date: October 29, 2020
Title: FBI Healthcare Alert - Imminent Threat Of Widespread Ryuk Attack
Summary: The FBI and DHS-CISA issued a warning on October 28, 2020 about an imminent threat to hospitals and healthcare providers. They represent that they have credible information to suggest there will be a widespread Ryuk ransomware attack this weekend (October 30 - November 1), and the FBI, DHS and the NSA's Cybersecurity Threat Operations Center are currently investigating the matter. It is recommended that hospitals and healthcare providers implement the following measures as soon as possible. ...
Blog: California Seeks to Heal HIPAA & CCPA Divisions with AB 713
Date: October 19, 2020
Title: California Seeks to Heal HIPAA & CCPA Divisions with AB 713
Summary: On September 5, 2020 the California legislature passed AB 713, amending the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). The bill alleviates some of the burdens imposed on medical research and healthcare operations by the CCPA, and imposes new requirements and restrictions on businesses that sell or disclose de-identified health data. The bill also contains an emergency clause enabling it to take effect immediately upon the governor's approval....
Blog: The Next Major Public Health Crisis
Date: October 15, 2020
Title: The Next Major Public Health Crisis
Summary: In 2014, a business associate of a healthcare entity was notified by law enforcement that it had suffered a cyberattack to the company's information system. The hackers were able to access and exfiltrate the health information of more than 6 million people from numerous entities served by the business associate. In addition to a fine issued by OCR, a related covered entity was sued and a multimillion-dollar settlement was reached. OCR placed the covered entity under a very detailed corrective action plan....