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Monthly Breach Deets - Broward Health Data Breach

Monthly Breach Deets - Broward Health Data Breach

A hacker gained access to the Broward Health network through a third-party medical provider that had access to their system for providing healthcare services. 

According to HIPAA Journal, a total of 1.35 million patients in Florida had been compromised. This cost Broward Health an estimated $12,739,250 in operational downtime, legal action, loss of data and reputational damage, according to eRiskHub

The data breach contained the following protected health information: 

  • Names 

  • Addresses 

  • Driver's License Numbers 

  • Social Security Numbers 

  • Medical Insurance Information 

  • Dates of Birth 

  • Email Addresses 

  • Phone Numbers 

  • Financial Account Information 

  • Health Insurance Information 

  • Medical Information  

This data breach could have been prevented. 

Cybercriminals continue to maximize their profits by exploiting all of these vulnerabilities. Even a seemingly small ransomware attack can take down a business like your own. Cybercriminals reap their profits by exploiting all of these vulnerabilities. Even a seemingly small ransomware attack can be catastrophic. “This couldn’t happen to us” you’re thinking, but more than 1,000 U.S. businesses each year are compromised. Companies just like yours will be debilitated by cyber crimes this year; yours might be one of them. 

Preparation is the key when it comes to preventing data breach attacks, but there are 5 habits that can make your business much less vulnerable. 

1. Scan emails for malware 

2. Install firewalls 

3. Maintain up-to-date security software 

4. Never click on unverified links 

5. Use a dedicated Wi-Fi network for your team that the public cannot access  

This sounds difficult, and it can take work, but VGM Forbin makes it easy to fortify your business against these threats. Don’t be a target. VGM Forbin will assess your systems and make recommendations to help you stand strong against cyber attacks. Even better, right now that consultation is free of charge while our team has availability. Call us at (877) 659-5241 or contact us today! 

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Written by: Jamie Swart - Brand Marketing Lead at VGM Forbin