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  • Patients of a Vermont Hospital Are Left ‘in the Dark’ After a Cyberattack [iophk: Windows TCO]

    But they have had a devastating and long-lasting effect, particularly on cancer patients, said workers and patients from Vermont’s largest medical system. Its electronic medical record system was restored on Sunday, nearly a month after the cyberattack.

    In the interim, clinicians were forced to send away hundreds of cancer patients, said Olivia Thompson, a nurse at the cancer center.

    The staff fell back on written notes and faxes, leafing through masses of paper to access vital information. They tried to reconstruct complex chemotherapy protocols from memory.

    And while the hospital has taken pains to reassure patients that most care could proceed, some staff members worry that the full damage of the October attack is not well understood.

  • Patient records stored by electronic health company found exposed online

    Thousands of patient records stored by nTreatment, a company that provides electronic health and patient records to doctors and psychiatrists, has been exposed online in the latest case of a company failing to secure its cloud storage.

    The data, discovered and publicized today by TechCrunch on a Microsoft Azure server, included 109,000 files, a large portion said to be lab test results from third-party providers such as Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings, better known as LabCorp.

  • Baltimore County Schools Still Closed Following Cyber Attack [iophk: Windows TCO]

    A state audit released a day before the attack found “significant risks” in the computer network. The audit said that it was not adequately secured and that sensitive personal information was not properly safeguarded.

  • Okta set for govt customers after meeting security standard

    Global identity provider Okta says it has completed the requirements of the Information Security Registered Assessors Program which ensures that Federal Government entities can access high-quality information and communications technology assessment services.

  • Okta Projects Revenue Topping Estimates on Remote-Work Demand

    Chief Executive Officer Todd McKinnon has tried to maintain Okta’s swift revenue growth during the coronavirus pandemic, which has spurred greater use of its products. Okta’s security software helps workers who need to access corporate systems, students who must use remote-learning apps and consumers who are required to authenticate their identity online, but the company has strong competition from Microsoft Corp. Okta announced Wednesday that its Identity Cloud will become available on Amazon Web Services’ Marketplace, fulfilling McKinnon’s goal to partner more with major public cloud providers.

  • Ransom payouts spell trouble for insurers

    Ransomware attacks are so rife and so costly that insurers are exploring ways to exclude ransom payments from their policies.

    Seriously Risky Biz understands some providers are attempting to shelter themselves from these losses, either by excluding extortion events from standard cyber insurance coverage or by introducing onerous new conditions on policyholders.

    The trouble for insurers started in 2019, right around the time that human-operated ransomware attacks and the size of the ransoms ballooned. Risk management firm Aon recorded a 12.7% increase in loss ratios [pdf] across 192 US providers of standalone cyber insurance products. This hit on insurer profit margins was initially offset by an influx of new policyholders taking up cyber insurance for the first time. But ponzi-style growth can only be sustained for so long.

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