Compliancy Group Helps Miiskin Achieve HIPAA Compliance

Compliancy Group has announced that Miiskin has taken all necessary steps to prove its good faith effort to achieve compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Rules. Miiskin is an app and teledermatology platform provider whose solution is currently used by more than 500,000 individuals around the world to track skin changes.… Read More »

Email Breaches Reported by Mattapan Community Health Center and Prestera Center for Mental Health Services

Prestera Center for Mental Health Services, the largest behavioral health services provider in West Virginia, has discovered an unauthorized individual potentially accessed the protected health information of a small percentage of its current and former patients. An unauthorized individual gained access to Prestera Center’s business email environment which contained protected health information such as patient… Read More »

Warwick, RI-based Brightside Behavioral Health Achieves HIPAA Compliance with Compliancy Group

Compliancy Group has confirmed that Warwick, Rhode Island-based Brightside Behavioral Health has implemented an effective HIPAA compliance program. Brightside Behavioral Health provides high quality behavioral health services to support individuals and families in Rhode Island communities through awareness, education, and the treatment of behavioral health issues. As a provider of mental health services, Brightside Behavioral… Read More »

NSA Releases Guidance on Eliminating Weak Encryption Protocols

The National Security Agency (NSA) has released guidance to help organizations eliminate weak encryption protocols, which are currently being exploited by threat actors to decrypt sensitive data. Transport Layer Security (TLS) and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocols were developed to create protected channels using encryption and authentication to ensure the security of sensitive data between a… Read More »

Healthcare Industry Cyberattacks Increase by 45%

In the fall of 2020, a warning was issued to the healthcare and public health sector following a spike in ransomware activity. The joint CISA, FBI, and HHS cybersecurity advisory explained that the healthcare industry was being actively targeted by threat actors with the aim of infecting systems with ransomware. Several ransomware gangs had stepped… Read More »

Hidden Backdoor Identified in 100,000 Zyxel Devices

A vulnerability has been identified in Zyxel devices such as VPN gateways, firewalls, and access point (AP) controllers that could be exploited by threat actors to gain remote administrative access to the devices. By exploiting the vulnerability, threat actors would be able to make changes to firewall settings, allow/deny certain traffic, intercept traffic, create new… Read More »

Breaches Reported by Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Apex Laboratory, and Five Points Eye Care

Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago discovered a former temporary worker may have inappropriately viewed the medical records of certain patients while employed at the hospital. The unauthorized access was detected on December 2, 2020. A review of access logs revealed the individual viewed patient records without a work-related purpose for doing so between October 27,… Read More »

Largest Healthcare Data Breaches in 2020

2020 was the worst ever year for healthcare industry data breaches. 616 data breaches of 500 or more records were reported to the HHS’ Office for Civil Rights. 28,756,445 healthcare records were exposed, compromised, or impermissibly disclosed in those breaches, which makes 2020 the third worst year in terms of the number of breached healthcare… Read More »

More Than 114,000 Patients Affected by Wilmington Surgical Associates Ransomware Attack

In October 2020, the NetWalker ransomware gang claimed responsibility for a ransomware attack on the North Carolina-based surgical center, Wilmington Surgical Associates. The gang claimed to have stolen around 13GB of data prior to deploying NetWalker ransomware and encrypting files. The stolen batch of data included thousands of documents containing sensitive information. HIPAA Journal has… Read More »

CISA Launches SolarWinds Supply Chain Compromise Website and Free Malicious Activity Detection Tool

The DHS’ Cybersecurity and infrastructure Security Agency has launched a website providing resources related to the ongoing cyber activities of the advanced persistent threat (APT) group responsible for compromising the SolarWinds Orion software supply chain. The threat actors behind the attack gained access to the networks of federal, state, and local governments, critical infrastructure entities,… Read More »