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HHS Fact Sheet Provides Helpful Information in Addressing Ransomware Attacks under HIPAA

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (?Ç£HHS?Ç¥) recently issued a ?Ç£Fact Sheet?Ç¥ which discusses ransomware attack prevention and recovery under HIPAA, as well as the management of HIPAA breach notification procedures in response to a ransomware attack. ?áAccording to the Fact Sheet, ?Ç£ransomware?Ç¥ is a type of malicious software by which a hacker gains access to electronic data and then encrypts it with a key known only to the hacker, such that the data owner is denied access to it. The Fact Sheet provides helpful descriptions and specific examples of how the requirements of the security regulations under HIPAA (the ?Ç£Security Rules?Ç¥), which govern the confidentiality of a HIPAA covered entity?ÇÖs electronic protected health information (?Ç£EPHI?Ç¥), may be applied to prevent, detect, and recover from infections of EPHI by ransomware. ?áImportantly, the Fact Sheet also explains HHS?ÇÖs view that a ransomware infection of unsecured EPHI on a computer… Continue Reading

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