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Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center Warns Health Systems to Be Wary of Iranian Cyber-Attacks

Following the escalation of tensions between the United States and Iran in the past week, the Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center (H-ISAC) is warning hospitals and health systems that Iran could attack health organizations, which are considered critical infrastructure, and that they make sure their systems are being updated with patches.

H-ISAC further recommended that healthcare organizations keep their backup data off-site in the event of an intrusion or data breach.

Heath systems may consider warning their employees of the increased risk and to be on heightened alert for Iranian-backed attacks, including through the use of more frequent phishing campaigns and social media [view related post]. Many are not thinking that Iran’s threat of retaliation could come in the form of a cyber-attack, so educating employees may assist in mitigating this substantial risk for them both professionally and personally.

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Linn F. Freedman, Robinson Cole Law Firm, Cybersecurity and Litigation Law Attorney, Providence
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Linn Freedman practices in data privacy and security law, cybersecurity, and complex litigation. She provides guidance on data privacy and cybersecurity compliance to a full range of public and private clients across all industries, such as construction, education, health care, insurance, manufacturing, real estate, utilities and critical infrastructure, marine, and charitable organizations. Linn is a member of the firm's Business Litigation Group and chairs its Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Team. She is also a member of the Financial Services Cyber-Compliance Team (CyFi ...

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