HC3: Lessons Learned from the Ransomware Attack on Ireland’s Health Service Executive

HIPAA Journal

Steve Alder

The HHS’ Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center (HC3) has released a report providing insights into the May 2021 Conti ransomware attack on the Health Service Executive (HSE) in Ireland, and advice for the healthcare and public health (HPH) sector to help prepare, respond, and recover from ransomware attacks.

The report provides information on the vulnerabilities and weaknesses that were exploited by the Conti ransomware gang, and how the HSE’s lack of preparedness for ransomware attacks hampered its efforts to detect, respond and remediate the attack and contributed to the long and expensive recovery process.

The Conti ransomware gang, believed to be...

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