UPGRADE program

UPGRADE for Healthcare Cybersecurity

ARPA-H (the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health), an agency under HHS, announced on May 20th the launch of a new cybersecurity effort aimed at helping IT teams secure and defend hospital and other healthcare networks. The program, Universal PatchinG and Remediation for Autonomous DEfense (or UPGRADE), is receiving over $50M in government funding to counter the increase in cyberattacks and ransomware targeting the healthcare industry.

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RansomHub and Change Healthcare

Weeks after Change Healthcare apparently paid the BlackCat ransomware gang a $22 million ransom to get back access to its encrypted data, another cybercriminal group called RansomHub claims to be trying to sell the 4TB of data. RansomHub’s April 16th message states that the data for “tens of insurance companies” contains Personal Identifiable Information (PII) such as addresses,

NJ Non-profit Hospitals Get Tax Break

NJ Non-profit Hospitals Get Tax Break

A 2021 law drafted as a compromise between tax-exempt non-profit hospitals and the NJ municipalities in which they’re located is being challenged by a lawsuit. State legislators tried to address the dispute, where billion-dollar hospitals paid little to nothing in property taxes, with the law. A 2015 court ruling found that Morristown Medical Center was liable for taxes as a result of operating in large part as a for-profit organization.