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    In December 2011, a hospital in Georgia was forced to divert all non-emergency admissions to other medical centers, after a malware infection downed the institution’s IT network and required staff to use paper records. The attack affected computer connectivity, as hospital computers could not communicate with each other. The hospital was forced to use a runner system, where papers were shuttled by personnel from station to station.

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    As part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology released its second Web-based security training module, “CyberSecure: Your Medical Practice” for healthcare providers and staff on October 24, 2013. The game provides training on disaster planning, data backup and recovery, and other elements of contingency […]

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    On Monday, August 18th, Community Health Systems, one of the largest U.S. hospital groups, reported that they were the victim of a cyber-attack from China, which resulted in the theft of Social Security numbers and other personal data belonging to 4.5 million patients. This attack is the largest of its type involving patient information since the U.S. Department […]

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    By Justin Snair, Senior Program Analyst for Critical Infrastructure and Environmental Health Security at NACCHO and Matthew DeLeon, Program Analyst for Public Health Informatics at NACCHO The constant connection to the Internet has enabled us to stay connected to friends and family, coordinate within our communities, and find innovative solutions for our most pressing challenges. […]

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    The Secretary’s Honors Program Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative is for current college students pursuing a program of study in a cybersecurity-related field. Selected students learn about the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) cybersecurity mission, complete hands-on cybersecurity work, and build technical experience in key areas such as digital forensics, network diagnostics, and incident response. Additionally, […]

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    The healthcare and public health sectors are vital to the health and security of the nation. These sectors are also increasingly becoming the target of cybersecurity attacks. These attacks include “ransomware,”  where an attacker gains access to an organization’s system, encrypts their data, and holds the information hostage until the organization agrees to pay. The […]

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    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is now accepting public comments on the National Cyber Incident Response Plan (NCIRP) through 5:00 PM EDT, October 31, 2016. All comments and questions can be submitted to FEMA-NCIRP-engagement@fema.dhs.gov. This plan formalizes incident response practices that have been developed over the past few years and will further detail […]

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    The following information and resources are being shared by the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response to inform healthcare and public health sector partners about the potential for phishing scams following Hurricane Matthew. In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, malicious actors are using the disaster to perpetrate phishing scams. Users should exercise caution when receiving e-mails […]

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    The Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council (CIPAC) met on Tuesday, October 18. The CIPAC plenary brought together federal partners and private sector representatives to discuss key priorities in critical infrastructure resiliency and protection. Secretary Jeh Johnson was the keynote speaker, providing an overview of security and management initiatives within the Department of Homeland Security. Panel […]

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    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently released the National Cyber Incident Response Plan (NCIRP). DHS led the development of this document, in coordination with the Departments of Justice and Defense, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Sector Specific Agencies (SSAs) and other interagency partners, representatives from across 16 critical infrastructure sectors, […]

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    The Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security recently posted a digital version of the January 5, 2017 Joint Statement for the Record to the Senate Armed Services Committee regarding Foreign Cyber Threats to the United States. This online overview is formatted as a microsite and includes an introductory page, the joint statement featured […]

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    This past January, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released the National Cyber Incident Response Plan (NCIRP). This is an essential component of DHS’s mission to strengthen the security and resilience of the Nation by working to improve the ability of all to manage cyber incidents.  Please join them for one of the four webinar […]

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    Ransomware: A Prime Cyber Threat for the Healthcare and Public Health Sector The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Analysis (OCIA) has released a new document titled “Ransomware – A Prime Cyber Threat for the Healthcare and Public Health Sector – 21 June 2017.”  This document is intended to inform infrastructure and […]

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    The U.S. government is aware of an international ransomware campaign that may be affecting Healthcare and Public Health Sector assets in addition to other Sectors. The Critical Infrastructure Program within the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) has provided the following information and resources. Please feel free to share this information with your health […]

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    In June 2016, NACCHO conducted the second Preparedness Profile assessment to gather information about preparedness trends and emerging issues at local health departments (LHDs). The results from this assessment provide a better understanding of the strengths, gaps, and opportunities in local public health preparedness. Furthermore, its findings inform priorities at the local, state, and national […]

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    The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Cyber and Infrastructure Analysis (OCIA), with the support of the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, invites you to participate in a webinar discussion about its recent analysis of healthcare and public health cyberdependencies. In addition, the Department of Health and Human Services will provide an overview of prioritization […]