An article in today's online issue of Health Data Management, entitled, "Ransomware hits a Florida surgery center", by Joseph Goedert, breaks news that, "A ransomware attack at St. Mark’s Surgical Center in Fort Myers, Fla., has resulted in 33,887 individuals across seven states being offered a year of identity protection and credit monitoring services." According to Goedert, "After a forensic investigation by a third party firm in May, the surgical center learned that ransomware had been placed on certain files in the server between April 13 and April 17."
The article continues to describe the incident and that, "Since the attack, the provider has installed a more robust firewall with unified threat management services; installed a backup and data recovery system, including hourly imaging and offsite replication to redundant data centers; developed policies to ensure all devices are fully updated; and implemented new antivirus software."
Derive Healthcare, the dedicated healthcare IT solutions practice of Derive Technologies, has deep experience in healthcare data and systems threat protection. This includes all areas of traditional IT infrastructure, as well as local systems (desktops, laptops, peripherals), wireless and mobile devices (including security for point-of-care technologies, firewalls, data hardening, backup and recovery and more, as well as security assessments and policy programs.
Please contact a Derive Healthcare Security Specialist by calling (212) 363-1111, or by completing the form on this page (please include "Healthcare Security Solutions" in the form's comments).