OCR Shares COVID-19 Privacy and Security Threat Resources

HealthITSecurity.com

Jessica Davis

In response to the increase in COVID-19-related cyber threats, OCR released a list of privacy and security resources to help providers bolster their defenses and prevent HIPAA violations. The Office for Civil Rights issued a list of COVID-19-related cyber threat resources for covered healthcare providers to help the sector best prevent, detect, respond, and recover from privacy and security threats.

In the past few months, there’s been an increase in targeted attacks against the healthcare sector, with threat actors taking advantage of the pandemic and the increase in remote work. From targeting Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and personal protective equipment (PPE) procurement, to leveraging human-operated ransomware and fraud schemes, providers are at a heightened risk for attack amid the crisis.

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