Lessons Learned From Boston Children's: When Hacktivists Attack Your Hospital

September 8, 2015
3:00pm - 3:30pm
General Session

Last spring, the activist hacker group Anonymous launched an all-out attack on Boston Children's Hospital. The assault was aggressive and attempted to penetrate the hospital’s network through spear phishing emails and direct attacks on exposed ports and services. 

In his forum case study, Senior Vice President and CIO Dr. Daniel Nigrin will recount the attack with all its twists and turns. He’ll explain how his team combatted it, and share best practices and lessons learned in real time. These include understanding your organization’s dependence on email and developing workarounds if it has to be shut down; and planning for the possibility of losing internet connectivity.

Keys to successfully rebuffing such an attack include:

  • A well-trained and dedicated staff
  • Support of a multidisciplinary team
  • The resources and expertise of your internet service provider and 3rd party partners.


Chief Information Officer
Boston Children's Hospital

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