HHS Office for Civil Rights to release guidance for dealing with ransomware attacks

Healthcare IT News: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights is working on official guidance to help healthcare organizations formulate plans to bolster against ransomware attacks and to figure out effective ways to react to such attacks, according to the Bloomberg Bureau of National Affairs.

Deven McGraw, deputy director for health information privacy at OCR, first discussed the ransomware guidance at a recent cybersecurity panel event held by Politico. According to a new report from the Ponemon Institute, ransomware, denial-of-service attacks and malware are the top threats facing healthcare organizations today.

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