HIPAA compliance can help against ransomware attacks

Department of Health and Human Services releases fact sheet: Ransomware and HIPAA to address the risks of victimization

August 9, 2016

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a new fact sheet: Ransomware and HIPAA to address the risks of victimization, according to an article on the Healthcare IT Security website.

Organizations are already required by HIPAA to have a security management process in place. They should also have procedures in place against ransomware while training end users to detect and report potential ransomware issues, the article said.

Access to electronic patient information and software programs should be limited to those requiring specific access. A contingency plan should cover emergency operations, disaster recovery, frequent data backups and test restoration. 

HIPAA compliance requires that all IT end users be trained on detecting and reporting security risks.

Read the article.



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