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Holding your doctor & your records hostage

Holding your doctor & your records hostage

Originally published in 2016

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Security at Hollywood Presbyterian

Archer News contacted Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center to find out more about the attack and the hospital’s security. However, we were sent to a voice mail box that is full and no longer accepting messages, with a voice message that says, “We want to assure you that patient care has not been compromised as we continue to address this incident.”

Archer News left a message with the hospital administration but has not heard back as of the time of this post.

Cybersecurity experts say it is clear from the information reported that the hospital did not do enough to protect itself.

“They didn’t have a comprehensive backup plan, with off-site encryption,” said Daniel Lance with Archer Security Group. “If they did, then they would be running again with a shiny new firewall and a red team watching the door.”

A red team is a group of people working to test your computer defenses by attacking you as if they were criminals trying to get in.

The hospital is working with the FBI, Los Angeles police, and a computer forensics firm, according to Help Net Security.

“Forensics teams are great,” said Lance, “But if you want to keep yourself from pulling out the fax machines and licking stamps, you need to invest in good defensive security that will enhance your business in ways you don’t always expect.”

“I’m sure this hospital would agree,” he added.

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Daniel Lance
Experienced cyber security professional with deep knowledge of applied electronics, program assessment, and analysis. Driven entrepreneur with multiple successful ventures.