Cyber Threats for the Healthcare and Public Health Sector

Ransomware: A Prime Cyber Threat for the Healthcare and Public Health Sector

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Analysis (OCIA) has released a new document titled “Ransomware – A Prime Cyber Threat for the Healthcare and Public Health Sector – 21 June 2017.”  This document is intended to inform infrastructure and cybersecurity professionals in the Healthcare and Public Health Sector about the threats and potential consequences of successful ransomware attacks against the Sector. OCIA developed this using government and open source reporting and has high confidence in the accuracy of the multiple government reports referenced. The report is available here. Additionally, the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has released its 2016 Annual Report highlighting the numbers and common types of complaints received during 2016 on suspected Internet fraud and other Internet-based crimes.  The report is available for viewing here.

If your local health department is not able to access the report or you have additional questions, please contact NACCHO at

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About Katie Dwyer

Katie Schemm Dwyer is a Director in NACCHO's Preparedness Division. Her work focuses on supporting local health departments strengthen public health and healthcare preparedness capacity and capabilities through governance, coordination and liaison with federal preparedness organizations, policy, and program management.

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