Held for Ransom! First Steps to Mitigate Potential Server and Systems Takeover

Held for Ransom! First Steps to Mitigate Potential Server and Systems Takeover

Release Date:05/017/2018
Expiration Date: 05/17/2021
Format: Internet Activity Enduring Material

Statement of Need/Program Overview

100,000 new variants of ransomware are released every day!  With ransomware attacks on the rise, everyone needs to know what to do when their data is being held hostage. The purpose of this educational activity is to educate physicians and other healthcare professionals on the dangers of ransomware, actions to take to protect themselves from ransomware attacks, and obligations under HIPAA if a practice is infected with ransomware.

Target Audience

The target audience for this activity is Medical Mutual's provider physician group and related healthcare professionals

Educational Objectives

After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:

  1. Understand the definition of ransomware.
  2. Identify the common ransomware types, and how they affect an information technology system.
  3. Recognize suspicious materials, such as attachments, links, apps or sites, that may infect an information technology system.
  4. Outline methods to safeguard an information technology system and electronic protected health information (ePHI).
  5. Summarize the actions to take in the event of a malware attack
  6. Cite the specific factors a risk analysis must include to show a low probability of ePHI compromise by HIPAA guidelines.

Accreditation Statement

Medical Mutual is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement

Medical Mutual designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For information about the accreditation of this program please contact the CME Team at 800.662.7917 or at  .

Instructions to Receive CME Credit

In order to successfully complete the activity, participants must score 70% on the post test at the end of the activity and complete the course evaluations. Each participant has a maximum of three attempts to score a 70%. Successful completion is supported by a 70% pass rate at the end of the course, proving competency on the content of the activity.

Faculty and Disclosures

Medical Mutual requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals and their spouse/life partner who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have as related to the content of this activity.

All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted by Medical Mutual for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations.

The following reported no relevant financial relationships to products or devices that they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial support interests related to the content of this CME activity

  • Richard Sheinis, CIPP-US (Faculty)
  • Donna Nicholson, Vice President of Risk Management, Medical Mutual (Reviewer)
  • Tamara Johnson, Director of Clinical Risk Management and Patient Safety, Medical Mutual (Planner)
  • Sharon Nichols, Senior Risk Consultant, Medical Mutual (Reviewer)
  • Lauren Hauser,  Education Program Specialist, Medical Mutual (Planner)
  • Whitley Paige, Risk Management Coordinator, Medical Mutual (Planner)


Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management.

Not a guarantee that using information provided will prevent a claim against you or your practice.

Technical Requirements

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