Ransomware and Healthcare Organizations

The Office for Civil Rights OCR seems to consider all ransomware events a breach unless proven otherwise. This is because successful ransomware incidents affect all three aspects of data security (Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability). Specifically:

There are however ways to prove that the data is still safe and this isn't a breach. Organizations needs to look at following:

Specifically, OCR Fact Sheet provides following four investigation steps (at minimum) to determine if there was a breach:

In meantime, backup, backup, backup. It is always a good strategy to have offline backups. In addition, test your backups manually. We have become too reliant on machines and machines can be corrupted.

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