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The Anatomy of a Cyberattack: Hospitals Respond to Growing Threat from Hackers

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The recent cyberattack on Change Healthcare exposed fissures in the American health care system that are still reverberating - impacting patients and providers alike months after it was exposed.

As hospitals, physicians, and other providers get back on their feet, they're also improving their cyber defenses to stay one step ahead of increasingly persistent hackers.

This crisis also sparked conversations among policymakers weighing the implementation of new regulations on health care entities, including potential penalties for those who have been victimized.

In this episode, Lynn Sessions looks at the cyber-security issues facing hospitals and health care organizations, from evolving threats to how we need to think about mitigation and resiliency. Lynn is a partner at the law firm BakerHostetler and leads the Healthcare Privacy and Compliance practice, where she has handled more than 1,000 health care data breaches and ransomware attacks.

Topics discussed include:

  • Evolving efforts of hospitals to increase cybersecurity protections
  • The anatomy of a health care cyberattack – effects of ransomware vs. malware
  • Vulnerability of 3rd party entities in health care – like Change Healthcare
  • Role of the federal government – protecting hospitals, penalizing bad actors
  • Moving forward – fighting the next generation of cybercriminals 


BakerHostetler has a diverse team with wide experience in counseling health systems, physician groups, insurers and employers across the country regarding risk assessments, developing comprehensive incident response plans, and responding in a timely and accurate manner to privacy and security incidents, from lost paper files and laptops to the largest cyber incident ever reported involving medical information.

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