Simulated attack focuses on hospital system network; Foundation nonprofit will promote preventive cardio tech;

> This year's Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, which takes place this week at Johns Hopkins University in Laurel, Md., will simulate an attack on a hospital IT system's network. Teams compete to protect the network and maintain operations, including the day-to-day business activities of IT staff. Story

> Several individuals affected by the September 2011 TRICARE data breach have reported fraudulent charges on their credit cards and bank accounts, NextGov reports. There are currently eight lawsuits over the data theft pending in Washington, Texas, San Diego, and most recently, northern California. Article

> The records of more than 500 patients at Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics were on a laptop stolen during a burglary this year, the school announced. The records did not contain financial information, addresses or Social Security numbers and all of the 513 patients, who were being treated in the Adult Sickle Cell Clinic, have been notified, the organization said. News report

> The Foundation for Health Improvement and Technology has launched a nonprofit organization that aims to "rid the world of preventable cardiovascular and related metabolic diseases through educational programs," new technologies and interactive platforms, the organization announced. It will promote early detection and aggressive medical treatment as a method of preventing cardiovascular disease and Type II diabetes. Announcement

And finally ... File this under "things that should go without saying" and let the snakes-on-a-plane jokes commence. Article


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