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WannaCry: Cyberattack hits critical infrastructure worldwide

By Kimberly Shutters, BCS  bio

A major worldwide ransomware attack, referred to as WannaCry, hit critical infrastructure and government computers starting mid-May, prompting warnings, patches, and other support to those that may have already been infected or who may be looking to prevent infection. Affected industries worldwide include healthcare, railway operations, mail delivery, government offices, schools, and factories. This is the largest ransomware infection in history.

CNET reports over 100,000 organizations were affected in 150 countries, including the United States. This attack spread rapidly and infected hundreds of thousands of systems. Ransomware attacks hold systems and data in exchange for a payment. In this case, the attackers are demanding approximately $200-$300 to unlock each system. Media reports the attackers could make over $1 billion.

Three very basic things can keep your networks clear:

  1. Do not click on links in emails or download files attached to emails unless you are expecting them and have verified their authenticity;
  2. Install software patches or updates on all personal and work devices;
  3. Back up your data!

If your data is properly and regularly backed up, an attack like this won’t pose as much of a problem. The devices and network can be wiped clean and the backed-up data can be restored. The key is to update often and regularly, even daily or several times a day right now as we know this attack is rampant.

For more information on this attack and how to protect your organizational and personal devices, see:

If you suspect a cyberattack, contact your state police or regional FBI Field Office.

(Source: US-CERT)


Bio

Hi, I am Kimberly Shutters, Founder & CEO of HIPAA alli.

HIPAA alli assists Covered Entities (CE’s), Business Associates (BA’s), Medical Device manufacturers and Mobile Health developers in administering and maintaining their HIPAA Security Compliance and Cyber Security Workforce training. HIPAA alli can be reached either by our website @ www.HIPAAalli.com or by calling us at 619-733-5564.

I strongly believe in educating my clients on how to incorporate HIPAA/HITECH compliance requirements to ensure the privacy & security of their patient’s data. I have a talent for teaching people how to cut through all the ambiguous regulations and do the things that matter. And for people who don’t have the time or interest to do it all for themselves, I can assist them.

I am a member of Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA), American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), and American Medical Billers Association (AMBA). I serve as a board member for PHI Protection Network (PPN); and I volunteered on the PPN Planning Committee in 2016 and am volunteering on 2017 PPN Planning Committee Conference.


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