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SAFEGUARDING YOUR SECURITY AND PRIVACY AT WORK AND AT HOME NEWSLETTER FALL 2019 FALL 2019 SECURITY SMART 1 Top Healthcare Security Threats for 2020 H EALTHCARE AS AN industry continues to be a prime target for hackers because health data is such a valuable commodity in the cybercriminal world. These are five of the biggest healthcare security threats for the year ahead. ■ Ransomware Hackers believe their ransomware attacks will succeed because health organizations put lives at risk if they can't access patient records. "Healthcare is a business, but healthcare also deals with peoples' lives," says Perry Carpenter, chief evangelist and strategy officer at the security awareness training plat- form KnowBe4. "Anytime you have a business that intersects with the most personal and most important parts of peoples' lives and you cause a threat to that, there is an immediate need to react. That works really well for the cybercriminal who has deployed ransomware." ■ Theft of patient data Healthcare data can be more valuable than financial data to cybercriminals. "Healthcare records are worth exceed- ingly more than, say, credit card data because they aggregate lots of infor- mation in a single place," says Carpen- ter. "Everything you need for identity theft is there." ■ Phishing Phishing is the most popular means for attackers to gain entry to a system. It can be used to install ransomware, cryptomining scripts, spyware, or code to steal data. ■ Cryptojacking The clandestine hijacking of systems to mine cryptocurrencies is a growing problem across all industries. Systems used in healthcare are attractive tar- gets for cryptojacking because it's crit- ical to keep them running. The longer the system runs, the more the criminal can make mining cryptocurrencies. ■ Hacked devices Many network- or internet-connected medical devices are notoriously vulner- able to attack. The crux of the problem is that many medical devices were not designed with cybersecurity in mind. Patching, when possible, usually provides only marginal protections. PROTECT YOUR MEDICAL DATA Much of the work of securing medical data has to come from the healthcare industry itself, but as a consumer you can play a role as well. Here's how: ■ Guard your personal health infor- mation and Social Security number. Only give your insurance identifica- tion to your own medical service providers, and never let anyone borrow your ID cards. ■ Keep your own medical records a nd make sure they match your physician's records. ■ Carefully review your medical bills to make sure you're only being charged for expenses you incurred and services you received. ■ Shred your medical paperwork when discarding it, don't just throw it in the trash or recycle bin. ■ Never accept offers of money or gifts for free medical care. ■ If you suspect your medical ID has been used fraudulently or has been stolen, contact your health insurer. You can report suspected Medicare fraud by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). Thinkstock For more information on staying safe online here at BSU or at home, contact

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