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Monthly Breach Deets - CarePointe ENT Ransomware

Weekly Breach Deets - CarePointe ENT Ransomware

In Merrillville, Indiana, CarePointe ENT recently experienced a large-scale ransomware attack which resulted in the encryption files on its network in hopes the cyber criminals can achieve  a ransom payout. According to HIPAA Journal, a total of 48,742 patients of CarePointe ENT had been affected. This contained the following that might have been compromised for the patient's data:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Driver's License Numbers
  • Social Security Numbers
  • Medical Insurance Information
  • Dates of Birth

This cost CarePointe ENT an estimated $3,085,161, according to eRiskHub.

How this could have been prevented

Ransomware has remained an ongoing security threat for all industries around the world. Cyber criminals continue to maximize their profits by exploiting each and every vulnerability. A ransomware attack (large or small) can take down a business of any size. Unfortunately, many businesses believe "this won't happen to us" and which couldn't be farther from the truth. Your facility could close down and you could lose your patient base and reputation in a matter of moments.

Preparation is the key when it comes to any ransomware attacks and it's important for all businesses to live by this motto.

1. Scan emails for malware

2. Install firewalls

3. Maintain up-to-date security software

4. Never click on unverified links

5. Dedicated Wi-Fi network for your team that public cannot access 

VGM Forbin would be happy to consult you on security software and other ransomware security needs for your facility. Let us know if you'd like to schedule a free consultation today!

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