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As the nation’s hospitals and health systems, physicians, caregivers and staff treat and care for patients and our communities, there are others in the world seeking to exploit the COVID-19 pandemic for financial gain. Particularly, cyber criminals. We here at the AHA are closely monitoring government cyber bulletins and threat information from the field. We believe a hospital and health systems cybersecurity programs’ first priority is to mitigate cyber risk affecting patient care and patient safety.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many physicians are working from home, using their personal computers and mobile devices to help care for patients. Fortunately, technology can allow physicians and care teams to do much of what they could do at the medical office, remotely. Telemedicine is a powerful tool that spans a continuum of technologies and offers new ways to deliver care. Many electronic health record (EHR) systems allow you to connect over the Internet just as if you were in the clinic. While you are doing your part to help during the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Medical Association (AMA) and American Hospital Association (AHA) want to ensure you have resources to help keep your work environment safe from cyber-threats that could disrupt your practice, the hospital, or negatively impact your patients’ safety and well-being.
In part one of this two-part podcast, you’ll hear from two senior officials at the forefront of the ongoing duel with cybercriminals. DHS Under Secretary and Chief Intelligence Officer, David Glawe; and DHS Assistant Director for Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security, Bryan Ware, are speaking with John Riggi, a career FBI veteran who now serves as senior advisor for cybersecurity and risk for the American Hospital Association.
In part two of this two-part podcast, two senior officials at the forefront of the ongoing duel with cybercriminals. DHS Under Secretary and Chief Intelligence Officer, David Glawe; and DHS Assistant Director for Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security, Bryan Ware, continue their conversation with John Riggi, a career FBI veteran who now serves as senior advisor for cybersecurity and risk for the American Hospital Association.
On this podcast, John Riggi, Senior Advisor for Cybersecurity and Risk at the American Hospital Association and FBI Cyber Division Senior Executive Herb Stapleton discuss significant corona-related cyber threats. Stapleton also discusses what the FBI is doing to counter those threats and assist hospital.
Nurses are high-level targets for cybersecurity scams, including spear phishing, impersonations, malware and ransomware attacks. Scammers target the nurses and health care officials because of the highly-sensitive information that is communicated.
Cybersecurity journalist Casey Crane provided cogent advice to Daily Nurse about cybersecurity in the health sector. She emphasized best practices such as having unique passwords for each account, not clicking on attachments unless they come from trusted sources and never connecting personal…