Microsoft offers tools to protect patient data amid heightened COVID-19 security threats

St. Luke’s University Health Network in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, has 15,000 employees and more than 1 million patient records.  Given the sheer amount of data being exchanged on a daily basis, “keeping our patient information safe is paramount,” said Chad Brisendine, chief information officer at St. Luke’s, in a video played during a recent HIMSS20 Digital presentation.  The scope of the […]

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Hasty rush to cloud hosting during COVID-19 crisis could set stage for 'cyberpandemic'

“The COVID-19 pandemic is spurring adoption of cloud services across all industries as they rapidly pivot to support remote work and collaboration. This is particularly true for healthcare providers at the front line as they leverage remote access and cloud analytics to scale operations. While the pandemic will likely dissipate, the long-term impact for healthcare providers is likely to be […]

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UCSF pays $1.14 million to decrypt files after ransomware attack

UCSF on Friday announced that it had “made the difficult decision” to pay a $1.14 million ransom and unlock the important data that had been encrypted in a ransomware attack earlier this month. WHY IT MATTERS On June 3, IT staff at UCSF School of Medicine detected a security incident that had occurred two days earlier, said school officials in […]

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