Hospital Data Breached

Hospital Data Breach

Hackers will continue to pummel the sector with targeted attacks.

Have you heard the news about the most recent Chicago, Illinois area hospital data breach?  We’re referring to the article in the Chicago Tribune, By Lisa Schencker on December 31, 2019.  “Personal information of nearly 13,000 people may have been exposed in Sinai Health System data breach” Click here to view the article.

After reading this article many questions came to mind.  Who would hack a hospital system?  Are cyber attacks on hospitals becoming more frequent? Could a foreign hacker be targeting hospitals to conduct cyber warfare?  Could it be a disgruntled employee who maliciously wants to obtain patient electronic medical records (EMR) and target a particular patient?

It has been reported that 70% of hospital data breaches include sensitive demographic or financial information of that could lead to identity theft. The Sinai Health System data breach included 13,000 patients’ names, addresses, birth dates, Social Security numbers, health information or health insurance information were potentially exposed. 

One could easily assume that if a hacker was armed with this information, they could sell patient electronic medical records and financial data to the highest bidder. The potential for patient harm is exponential.

Data Breach Incident Response

What happens next? Computer Forensic Experts are called to initiate a data breach response. Experts start with immediately stopping the breach, accessing the damage, notifying those affected, conducting a security audit. Forensic experts create a recovery plan to prepare for future attacks.  Finally, Forensics experts train employees to protect the data and enforce strong passwords.

Computer Forensic Experts A.K.A. Cyber Security sleuths or electronic detectives are really excellent at detecting where and how the breach occurred and accessing the damage.  In cases of litigation due to a data breach or medical malpractice, Computer Forensics Experts are hired by law firms to serve as expert witnesses to help win the litigation. In addition, many hospitals hire Computer Forensic Experts to assist in auditing their records to prove their side of the case. 

Prepare a Data Breach Incident Response Plan

Looking forward to 2020. Cyber Forensic experts agree the entire sector needs to adjust its security approach to keep pace with hackers. The Department of Health and Services and many states may impose fines on those who are not following security guidelines. It’s vitally important to create a Data Breach Incident Response Plan.

Enigma Forensics are experts in Data Breach Incident Response. To learn more about Enigma Forensics read below.

If you think you have been breached…contact Enigma Forensics.com
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Lee Neubecker launches Great Lakes Forensics

Noted Computer Forensics Expert and Cyber Security Detective Lee Neubecker announces the formation of Great Lakes Forensics (Now Enigma Forensics).  Neubecker was again named one of the leading Cyber Forensics experts in the World by Who’s Who Legal in their 2018 release. 

Neubecker previously worked at HaystackID as their Chief Information Security Officer. Following HaystackID’s recent recapitalization transaction, Neubecker was promoted to the role of Chief Information Officer for the merged entities bringing together Envision Discovery, HaystackID and Inspired Review.

“I missed being the captain of my own ship and saw the excellent opportunity I had to help my clients and colleagues with their challenges relating to insider threats, online counterfeiting, online defamation, cyber security and computer forensics.  Performing online investigations to unmask the identities of rogue actors is one of the most satisfying types of projects me and my team has performed.  I have decades of experience in cyber security and digital investigations and am happy to assist clients past, present or future with the unique challenges that face them. Launching Great Lakes Forensics gives me the chance to help clients with many challenges brought about by the digital economy.  I will continue to work with HaystackID in the future as a trusted business partner in delivering solutions to my clients and colleagues.”

Key Problems & Solutions Enigma Forensics provides include::

  • Trade Secret Theft Investigations & Litigation
  • Digital Counterfeiting
  • Online Identity Unmasking
  • Cyber Security Incident / Breach Investigations and Response
  • Security & IT Compliance Assessments

Lee Neubecker also runs a Cyber Security blog at https://leeneubecker.com

Neubecker’s CV can be viewed at:  https://leeneubecker.com/curriculum-vitae/

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