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Health Data Breaches in 2020: Ransomware Incidents Dominate

Blackbaud, Magellan Health Incidents Trigger Numerous Breach Notifications

… “Ransomware continues to be a lucrative business for criminals,” says Keith Fricke, principal consultant at tw-Security. “Until targeted organizations implement security controls that effectively hamper the overall earnings of ransomware attacks, the criminals will continue using ransomware as a revenue generator.”

… Phishing scams remain a top problem at the center of many major hacking incidents – especially amid the coronavirus pandemic, some experts note.

“It is possible that ransomware attacks are using COVID-themed phishing emails,” Fricke notes.

While security awareness is critical to reducing the threat of phishing attacks, such training will not eliminate the threat, Fricke notes.

“With the volume of emails most corporate workers receive every day, clicking without thinking can be a function of trying to keep up on messages while juggling multiple job responsibilities,” he says.

Implementing multifactor authentication is an effective way to thwart credential-stealing phishing attacks, Fricke says.


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