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Category: Cyber Security

From COVID-19 to Ransomware, the Healthcare and Public Health Sector Battles Multiple, Simultaneous Threats

Author: Bob Bastani, CISSP, CISM, CRISC, Senior Cyber Security Advisor, Healthcare and Public Health Sector, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response (ASPR) And Kevin Dang (CTR), Cyber Security Analyst, Critical Infrastructure Protection ASPR Health and Human Services
Published Date: 12/7/2020 10:01:00 AM
Category: Cyber Security;

Find Out How You Can Protect Your Facility from Rising Ransomware Attacks


As COVID-19 infection rates rise, hospitals and healthcare facilities are understandably focused on protecting patients, staff, and providers from the virus – but COVID-19 is not the only rising threat to the healthcare industry. While healthcare providers continue to focus on responding to the pandemic, cyber threat actors are taking full advantage of healthcare vulnerabilities by perpetrating scams and phishing attacks, which largely depend on the target’s sense of fear and urgency.

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There’s No Such Thing as Just-in-time Healthcare and Public Health Preparedness

Author: CDR Thomas J (TJ) Christl, Branch Chief of the Infrastructure Analysis and Partnerships Branch in the HHS/ASPR Division of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Rachel Lehman Stakeholder Engagement Policy Analyst of the Infrastructure Analysis and Partnerships Branch in the HHS/ASPR Division of Critical Infrastructure Protection
Published Date: 11/25/2019 11:25:00 AM
Category: Cyber Security; National Health Security; Public Health Preparedness;

How to Create and Strengthen Partnerships to Enhance Critical Infrastructure Protection

What does it take to provide patient care? The image of a hospital or doctor’s office just popped into your mind, right? Well, that’s just part of the answer.

Every day, patients rely on complex just-in-time systems for the provision of healthcare. These systems include not only hospitals and other healthcare providers, but also insurance providers, laboratories, medical device suppliers, and more.

Working together, these systems can provide just-in-time supplies  Read more…

Opportunities and Cybersecurity Risks for the Healthcare and Public Health Sector

Author: Bob Bastani, CISSP, CISM, CRISC, Senior Cyber Security Advisor Healthcare and Public Health Sector, Critical Infrastructure Protection, HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
Published Date: 11/1/2019 9:40:00 AM
Category: Cyber Security;

Next-Generation Medical Technologies and Emerging Health Security Threats

Cutting-edge innovations in medical technology help medical professionals improve patient health outcomes during disasters and every day. While these new, evolving technologies bring great promise for patient care, they also introduce an element of risk into your hospitals and healthcare systems.

The Internet of Medical Things (IoMT), artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning (ML) are all transformi  Read more…

Taking Stock of Cyber Threats During National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Author: Stephen Curren, Director, ASPR Office of Emergency Management, Division of Resilience
Published Date: 10/21/2016 10:32:00 AM
Category: Cyber Security;

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, which provides us in the public health emergency management community a time to think about how we prepare for and respond to cybersecurity incidents within the context of all hazards. One thing has become increasingly clear over the past several years: cybersecurity is not just an IT problem. It also is a patient safety issue and it is increasingly an emergency management issue. This year healthcare organizations throughout the nation have been hit by an unprecedented round of ransomware attacks, which have temporarily inca  Read more…

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