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Do you need cyber insurance? Despite all preventative measures, a cyberattack is still a very real possibility for your facility. Some suggest you take out a cyber insur- ance plan that insures your center for more than $50,000 in damages. The cost of legal fees, IT consultants, credit monitoring and ransoms "can be enormous," says Damon Silver, an attorney with Jackson Lewis in New York, N.Y., who specializes in cybersecurity cases. In a case Mr. Silver handled earlier this year, hackers stole information from around 26,000 patient records at the Tampa Bay (Fla.) Surgery Center, dumped the data onto a file-sharing website and even posted about it on Twitter. To mitigate the damage, Mr. Silver said the center offered affected patients free credit monitoring. The value of health records In the dark web — the untraceable side of the Internet, where hackers often sell stolen information — health records are 3 times more valu- able than stolen financial records, says Mr. Kellerman. Your patient data can provide hackers with all the information they need to steal your patient's identity, extort money from patients or sell the informa- tion online. The result can mean lawsuits for your facility for not ade- quately protecting your patients — what Mr. Kellerman calls "the future of malpractice." Private health information is not the only thing hackers can take from your system. Just last month, infamous hacking group The Dark Overlord, which was responsible for the Tampa Bay Surgery Center cyberattack, struck again. This time they hacked the London Bridge Plastic Surgery Center and stole private patient photos, including some that showed breast and genitalia enhancement surgeries, according to a report from The Daily Beast. N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 7 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 4 9

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