Navicent Health Employee Email Breach

Companies charged with handling personal health information (PHI) need a comprehensive understanding of their IT infrastructure, including potential vulnerabilities. Since HIPAA compliance and patient trust are both on the line, any company managing PHI should prioritize risk assessment and prevention. Employees should be the first line of defense, as they manage patient data on a daily basis, and they must be armed with proper cybersecurity awareness training to prevent future incidents.

Augusta Municipal Operations Computer Virus

The notion that this incident could be perpetrated by an insider threat is a reminder than any single employee can do significant damage to a company’s IT infrastructure. Having contingency plans in place is a veritable must-have, but companies should also be prepared to provide support to any individuals impacted by the breach.

City of Greenville Ransomware Attack

This episode is a reminder of the fragility within local infrastructure. Although critical safety operations remain unaffected, city employees are unable to continue business as usual, and new solutions are not immediately apparent. Most importantly, it’s essential to know if data is stolen and to understand what thieves intend to do with that information.

Palmetto Health & Women’s Health USA Phishing Scam

Sensitive patient information was disclosed in this breach, and the companies are offering identity theft protection services or free credit reports to affected patients. By all accounts, these companies worked quickly to secure patient information and to respond appropriately. However, email phishing scams are entirely preventable, and training and education can make all the difference.

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