Community-based healthcare system Methodist Hospitals from Gary, Indiana, disclosed that sensitive personal and medical information for 68,039 individuals may have been exposed following a successful phishing attack against two of its employees.
Methodist provides surgical and medical hospital services, it employs 2,576 individuals, and it reported a total number of 195,055 patient encounters during 2018 according to last year's annual report.
"In June 2019, Methodist learned of unusual activity in an employee’s email account. We immediately commenced an investigation, working with third-party forensic investigators, to assess the nature and scope of the email account activity," says the notice of data incident.
This could cause irreparable damage to the hospital and worst of all potentially could have been prevented.
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1) Read cybersecurity essentials – a simple list which will help most organizations become far more secure.
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3) We also recommend you get a free evaluation of your cybersecurity risk from an MSP/MSSP immediately – they can also help you build in the needed compliance to reduce the risk of being fined.