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EHR Contingency Plans Part of OIG 2016 Health IT Focus

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The Office of Inspector General (OIG) explained in its recent semiannual report to Congress how reviewing EHR contingency plans in healthcare organizations and wireless penetration tests of select CMS data centers were key areas of health IT...

A Practical Guide to Healthcare Disaster Recovery Planning

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This year, healthcare has been hit by multiple cyber events that have demonstrated the importance of and just how critical contingency planning is to providing care. Furthermore, massive DDoS attacks using the thousands of IoT devices connected...

HIPAA Privacy Changes Not in Recent 21st Century Cures Act

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The House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act yesterday with a vote of 392 to 26. This latest version of the legislation did not include wording that could have made it possible to change the HIPAA Privacy Rule and potentially...

PHI Data Breach Stems from Computer Hacking at GA Entity

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Georgia-based Vascular Surgical Associates recently announced on its website that it had experienced a PHI data breach after one of its computer servers was accessed by an outside party. The incident happened around the time of a software update,...

Regulations Drive Healthcare Cloud Security, Risk Standards

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The intense healthcare regulatory requirements are one of the key drivers of cloud service providers (CSPs) looking toward healthcare cloud security and risk standardization, according to a recent Gartner report. Gartner’s Market Guide...

McAfee Highlights IoT and Cloud Security Threats, Trends

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Internet of Things (IoT) security and cloud security threats are key areas to watch for critical developments in 2017, according to Intel Security’s McAfee Labs 2017 Threats Predictions Report. The report also highlighted 14 trends to keep...

IDC Predicts Healthcare Ransomware Attacks to Double by 2018

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Numerous industries have been working to combat, prevent, and mitigate malicious malware attacks. The healthcare sector has found itself particularly vulnerable to such attacks, and research has shown that the number of healthcare ransomware...

Healthcare Top Target in Gatak Ransomware Attacks

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The healthcare industry is one of the most common victims of the Gatak ransomware attacks, according to research from Symantec. The Gatak Trojan will lead victims to a website that offers key generators for pirated software, and is the majority...

OCR Warns of Phishing Scam to HIPAA Covered Entities

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UPDATE: OCR released an additional update on November 30 with new details regarding the phishing scam.  Employees of HIPAA covered entities and their business associates should be aware of an alleged phishing scam that is using Department...

Healthcare Data Breaches, Ransomware Top Challenges in 2017

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The healthcare industry will likely continue to be plagued by technological issues, such as healthcare data breaches and ransomware attacks, going into next year, according to recent predictions. The latest Black Book poll of healthcare PR clients...

US-CERT Updates Cybersecurity Incident Notification Guidelines

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The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) announced its new cybersecurity incident notification guidelines, which will go into effect on April 1, 2017. The guidelines will affect all Federal departments and agencies, as well as state,...

Simplifying the Healthcare Data Center Migration Process

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In working with some of the largest healthcare organizations in the world, there has been a common theme when conversations around healthcare data centers come about. Specifically, many organizations are now asking: Just how agile is my data...

UMass Agrees to $650K OCR HIPAA Settlement after Allegations

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Following alleged HIPAA violations stemming from a malware infection that potentially exposed the ePHI of 1,670 individuals, the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) agreed to an OCR HIPAA settlement. Along with adhering to a corrective...

House Subcommittee Talks Connected Device Cybersecurity Issues

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While the connected devices industry is seeing intense growth with evolving technologies, it is also important to be aware of the current cybersecurity issues, according to a recent hearing held by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee....

Physical Therapy Facility Reports Data Security Incident

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A physical therapy provider recently announced it experienced a possible data security incident that may have exposed certain personal information for some patients. Best Health Physical Therapy, LLC (Best Health) explained on its website that...

Half of Businesses Report Ransomware Attack in Past Year

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An increase in IT security spending and adjusting security strategies to focus on mitigation are two of the most common responses businesses listed after becoming the victim of a ransomware attack in the last year, according to a recent survey....

Protect Healthcare Data with User Training, Secure Systems

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As covered entities and business associates of all sizes work to protect healthcare data, there are numerous aspects to consider, especially as cybsecurity threats continue to evolve and become more sophisticated.  We often focus on major...

Secure Exchange of Electronic Data Top HHS Challenge

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is currently facing 10 management and performance challenges, including health information technology and the meaningful and secure exchange and use of electronic information, according to the...

Potential Horizon BCBS Data Breach for 170K from Printing Error

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Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ) announced earlier this month that one of its vendors potentially exposed the information of up to 170,000 members in a potential data breach. Command Marketing Innovations (CMI) did...

Encryption Aspect Amended in CA Data Breach Notification Law

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Starting in 2017, data breach notification will be required for instances when encrypted personal information of California residents has been breached and certain conditions are met, according to a recently amended state law. Previously, California’s...

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