Ransomware Attacks Against U.S. Healthcare
Law Enforcement, Regulatory, Legal and Cybersecurity Perspectives
Ransomware attacks against healthcare organizations increased 89% in 2017.
All of the six largest attacks against healthcare organizations recorded in 2017 by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (HHS OCR) were attributed to ransomware. So far in 2018, healthcare organizations continue to be a favorite target of ransomware attackers, with ransom demands climbing higher than ever. In addition to the ransom cost, many recent ransomware attacks have brought healthcare systems down for weeks with impacts well beyond the IT sphere, including patient health and safety.
Ben Stone, Supervisory Special Agent, Cyber will provide insight on current ransomware trends from the FBI’s perspective. Barbara Holland, Regional Manager of HHS Office for Civil Rights will discuss OCR’s approach to ransomware cases, and the regulator’s perspective. Sean Hoar, Partner at Lewis Brisbois and Chair of the firm’s Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice will share his experience as outside counsel for the nearly daily stream of ransomware cases and Ben Goodman, CEO of 4A Security & Compliance will moderate the discussion and provide insights based on his work helping organizations prepare for and respond to ransomware incidents from the cybersecurity consultant’s perspective.
Ben Goodman – CEO
4A Security & Compliance
Sean Hoar – Partner,
Chair of the Data Security Practice
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
Barbara Holland – Regional Manager,
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Health &
Benjamin Stone – Supervisory Special Agent, Cyber Desk
Federal Bureau of Investigation
What we will cover:
- What does the FBI Cyber Squad see as the current trends in ransomware?
- What is the regulatory perspective and how does HHS OCR handle HIPAA enforcement ransomware attacks on healthcare organizations?
- What is unique about ransomware attacks against healthcare organizations from the perspective of outside counsel?
- What makes one healthcare organization more vulnerable to a damaging ransomware attack than another, from the cybersecurity perspective?
- What should counsel do to help healthcare organizations prepare for a ransomware attack?
- What are the best recommendations for organizations to keep in mind when responding to a ransomware attack?