January’s Newsletter features:

  • 2021 Highlights
  • Product Security Updates: Logj4
  • Pharma and Supply Chain working group
  • Upcoming Events and Webinars


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2022 January


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Year overview

Meeting the Challenge – An Overview of 2021

After SolarWinds at the end of 2020, who ever imagined that 2021 would continue the spin on the hamster wheel? ProxyLogon, Accellion, PrintNightmare, VPN vulnerabilities in Fortinet, Pulse and Citrix, Colonial Pipeline, JBS Meats, Irish National Health Service, Kaseya and Log4j were just some of the headlines that kept us all spinning.

A recent Redscan analysis of the National Vulnerability Database (NVD) revealed a record 18,439 vulnerabilities were disclosed.

That’s not to mention an alarming trend of physical and cyber attacks on vaccine development and distribution as well as healthcare staff. And a disturbing rise in geopolitical rhetoric. Will 2022 break even more records?

At Health ISAC, the community continued its successful efforts to gather facts, analyze impacts and share best practices and mitigation strategies. We added over 100 new member organizations to the sharing community bringing the number of connected security professionals around the world to over 5,500. We fortified the community with new tools such as a new automated threat indicator sharing platform – Health Indicator Threat Sharing platform (HITS) and connected Members within our new threat intelligence portal.

In 2021 the Health ISAC Threat Operations Center (TOC) augmented Monthly Member Threat Briefings with 149 Finished Intelligence Reports, over 379 Targeted Alerts, 10 TOC Spotlight threat and vulnerability webinars, and distributed over 57,328 high fidelity indicators of compromise. New for the year were Continue the Conversation webinars for Members to bring subject matter expert panels to hot topic conversations from the chat channels.

We connected Members to each other through nine customized exercises, the Hobby Exercise, an Analytics Training Workshop, and three global in-person Summits, with our Fall Summit attendance close to pre-pandemic numbers. Health-ISAC committees and working groups produced four whitepapers, a Pharma and Supply Chain Guidance for practitioners and healthcare CISOs, and expanded physical threat information deliverables for Health sector organizations.

And we are positioning and strengthening the ISAC itself to allow for even more capabilities in the future with more staff and expertise, technology and planning such as strategic, crisis management and succession plans.

I’m looking forward to working with the community to meet whatever challenges 2022 will bring!


Denise Anderson
Health-ISAC President and CEO





Log4j was developed by the Apache Foundation and is widely used for logging purposes. H-ISAC in conjunction with the Threat Intelligence Committee has distributed a number of alerts and information for members and the public where applicable. In addition we’ve created a ‘one-stop shop’ for companies to understand impacts to medical devices. Go to https://h-isac.org/apachelog4j-notices/ to learn more.


Top 10 Health Sector Cyber and Physical Articles

Log4j Attackers Switch to Injecting Monero Miners via RMI

Microsoft December 2021 Patch Tuesday Fixes 6 Zero-Days, 67 Flaws

55 People Arrested at Third Brussels Anti-Vax Protest

Kronos Ransomware Attack May Cause Weeks of HR Solutions Downtime

Hackers to Start Pushing Malware in Worldwide Log4Shell Attacks

Emotet Now Drops Cobalt Strike, Fast Forwards Ransomware Attacks

Federal Jury Convicts Pharmacy Owner for Role in $174 Million Telemedicine Pharmacy Fraud Scheme

AWS US-East-1 Outage Brings Down Services Around the World

Sabbath Ransomware Targeting Healthcare, Mandiant Warns

FBI: Cuba Ransomware Breached 49 US Critical Infrastructure Orgs


APAC Summit

Be part of this great event. H-ISAC is seeking dynamic speakers with thought provoking presentations. Share case studies, lessons learned, real time strategies or current challenges with leaders in the global healthcare community. Submit a brief abstract and title today! https://h-isac.org/summits/inaugural-apac-summit-2022/


Submit a brief abstract and title today!  Link:  http://www.cvent.com/c/abstracts/454fb27e-79e7-4d9a-9fec-ecd9a1263c9e



Spring Americas Summit

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Spring Americas Summit. Better yet, participate as a presenter! Be an active member in our Ohana Village by sharing your recent successes or lessons learned with your healthcare security peers.


Submit a brief abstract and title today! https://h-isac.org/summits/spring-2022-summit/





Working Group Spotlight – Pharma and Supply Chain

The Pharma & Supply Chain Working Group recently developed a pharmaceutical supply chain security framework for Health-ISAC Members. There are two components to the framework:


  1. Practitioners Guide an interactive document that provides the framework controls and offers perspectives around specific supply chain security issues in Third Party, IT, and OT Security.


  1. Securing The Modern Pharmaceutical Supply Chain (CISO Leadership Guide)provides a perspective from the leading pharma CISOs on the importance and implementation strategies necessary to successfully implement a Supply Chain Security strategy.


Health-ISAC Members can email contact@h-isac.org to request access to the guides. 


Highlighting another Community Service Partner: Salt Security

API attacks are predicted to become the subject of more attacks in 2022. APIs are crucial to business and keep you connected to your customers. Salt offers API protection. Salt uses ML and AI to help identify all your APIs, stop an attack in its early stages, and compile insight on how to strengthen API security against future attacks.

Exclusive H-ISAC Member offer from Salt:

  • – A complementary API security risk analysis
  • – 15 months for the price of 12


Learn more here: https://h-isac.org/community-services/#salt



Upcoming Events

SASE For The Connected Health Ecosystem By Palo Alto Networks

1/11/2022 at 1pm ET



Measuring Healthcare And Hospital Cybersecurity Performance By Bitsight

1/18/2022 at 2pm ET



H-ISAC Monthly Member Threat Briefing

1/25 at 12pm ET




2022 National ResilienceExch Virtual Summit
January 25-27

Building Resilience: ISAC Lessons Learned in 2021 panel moderated by H-ISAC President / CEO
1/25 at 12:30pm ET


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