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Cybersecurity Threats are on the Rise - How We Protect Your Facility’s Sensitive Medication Information

Posted by Laura Paxton on Aug 10, 2023 12:11:31 PM
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The digital age has forever altered our lives for the good and also the bad by opening up people to threats that are hard to predict. As technology evolves, so do the cunning tactics of cybercriminals. From sophisticated scams targeting banks to stealthy phishing emails, the landscape of cybersecurity threats is vast and ever-changing.

At Rpharmy, we've experienced firsthand the increasing intricacies of these threats. A seemingly innocuous email was sent to one of our junior team members, appearing as if it came directly from me, the CEO. This tactic, known as CEO fraud or Business Email Compromise (BEC), is an insidious form of social engineering. Here, cybercriminals cleverly manipulate employees to spill sensitive information.

A leading cybersecurity firm, Phished, points out that in such scams, criminals impersonate high-ranking officials to exploit unsuspecting employees. Their modus operandi may range from orchestrating wire transfers and creating fake invoices to asking for bank or payroll details. Shockingly, this scam has a pervasive reach, spanning across all 50 states and 150 countries.

At Rpharmy, the initial request might have seemed benign – merely asking for a phone number. Yet, this seemingly small piece of information can be the gateway to more consequential data breaches. It's alarming to note that many colleagues, their families, and friends have reported being targeted with variations of this scam, including buying gift cards and divulging payroll account numbers.

And the risks don't just end there. Ransomware attacks compromise organizations crucial to our society's functioning - water facilities, government buildings, and, most concerningly, healthcare facilities. The data these institutions hold, especially healthcare data, is among the most sensitive. It's a treasure trove for cybercriminals, allowing them to execute fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid claims and expensive treatments.

At Rpharmy, while we don’t store patient-specific information, we're acutely aware of the ramifications if malicious entities access a hospital’s medication resource data via platforms like Formweb or Rhazdrugs. Such breaches could directly jeopardize patient care and safety.

Given the magnitude of these risks, we’ve fortified Formweb and Rhazdrugs with state-of-the-art authentication procedures, including two-factor authentication. And, because we believe in continuous improvement and transparency, here's a little inside scoop: We are in the midst of enhancing the user experience across our platforms. This initiative isn’t just about usability; it’s about harnessing cutting-edge technology to provide our users with the most secure environment possible.

In this era of relentless cyber threats, we at Rpharmy pledge to stay vigilant, proactive, and committed to safeguarding your trust. If you are ever concerned about the safety of your Formweb or Rhazdrugs sites, please contact us directly at (800) 467-1907. 

Topics: Rhazdrugs, Policy, USP <800>, Formweb

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