How Boston Children’s Hospital Defended Against a Cyberattack

09.16.14 In the News

By: Helen Gregg | September 16, 2014 (Featured in Becker’s Hospital Review)

In April, Boston Children’s Hospital was hit with a string of cyberattacks that attempted to crash the hospital’s website.

The attacks were allegedly perpetrated by hacktivist group Anonymous in response to Boston Children’s Hospital physicians’ diagnosis and treatment of a 15-year-old girl in a well-publicized case.

The hospital learned of the planned attacks about three weeks before they happened, giving senior vice president and CIO Daniel Nigrin time to prepare. The hospital prepared a series of countermeasures, and was ready to take every IT system offline to protect patient data, according to a report in CIO magazine…

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