June 16, 2021

HHS Shares Resources for Avoiding Ransomware Attacks

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is encouraging organizations to familiarize themselves with the growing threat of ransomware — malicious software that blocks access to a computer system until an amount of money (ransom) is paid — and to take steps to avoid the threat. HHS recently provided links to online government resources to help healthcare facilities protect their computer systems from the ransomware threat, including:
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) ransomware guidance and resources.
CISA ransomware guide.
DarkSide Ransomware: Best Practices for Preventing Business Disruption from Ransomware Attacks.
• FBI ransomware webpage.
FBI IC3 webpage for ransomware.
National Institute of Standards and Technology Tips and Tactics for Dealing With Ransomware.
HHS HC3 homepage.
Ransomware threat flyer.
Spotlight webinar — ransomware.
Ransomware cyber awareness flyer.
Ransomware Task Force: Combatting Ransomware Report.
Software Engineering Institute resources for preparing and responding to ransomware.

The White House has issued a memo with recommended best practices for organizations to drive down their cyber security risks.