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NIST Resource to Help Create Strong Cybersecurity Workforce

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An organization led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) developed a new resource to ensure that organizations can “more effectively identify, recruit, develop and maintain its cybersecurity talent” and create...

Health Data Hacking Incident Affects 29K at Texas Hospital

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Texas-based Integrity Transitional Hospital recently reported a health data hacking incident that may have affected the information of 29,514 patients, according to the Office for Civil Rights data breach reporting tool. Integrity explained in...

How NKR Used Healthcare Cloud for Secure Patient Data Storage

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Utilizing healthcare cloud options can help organizations strengthen secure patient data storage, and improve overall efficiency when it comes to patient care. The National Kidney Registry (NKR) opted to work with Rackspace for healthcare cloud...

HIMSS Praises DHS National Cybersecurity Response Plan

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Understanding the dimensions of potential cyber threats and providing better clarification on what equates a significant cyber incident are two suggestions the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) provided to the Department...

PHI Access Challenges Addressed in Recent ONC Resources

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Healthcare organizations face numerous potential PHI access challenges, especially as more entities continue to adopt new EHRs, according to the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC). That is why ONC wanted to ensure that covered entities...

Study Finds Cyberthreat Data Overwhelming to Security Workers

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While more organizations are likely looking for the best options to combat evolving cybersecurity threats, a recent study found that the majority of security professionals are overwhelmed by the amount of cyberthreat data that they receive. An...

Hospital Data Security Top CIO Priority for Mobile Workflow

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When it comes to mobile workflow investments, the majority of CIOs list hospital data security as a key driver, according to a recent Spok, Inc. survey administered by the College of Healthcare Information Management (CHIME). Specifically, 81...

FTC Releases Data Breach Response Guidance for Businesses

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) outlines the steps that businesses should take if they suspect that they have fallen victim to a data breach in a recently released data breach response guide and accompanying video. Along with securing physical...

3 Tips for Creating Healthcare Security Change, Process Controls

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Healthcare and security are probably some of the hottest topics today. We’re seeing medial IoT emerging, more digitizing of the healthcare ecosystem, and more healthcare services specifically using technology to revolutionize patient care....

Addressing FTC Jurisdiction Over HIPAA Covered Entities

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With the FTC recently releasing guidance on how HIPAA covered entities must adhere to the FTC Act in addition to HIPAA regulations, it is essential for healthcare organizations to be aware of the potential consequences for not doing so. When...

Health IT Leaders Cite Data Theft As Key Cybersecurity Concern

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Social engineering attacks and data theft are the main cybersecurity concerns when it comes to health IT, according to a recent survey of healthcare chief information and chief information security officers. The College of Healthcare Information...

Phishing Scam Creates Potential Patient Data Exposure in MA

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Massachusetts-based Baystate Health recently announced that several of its employees had fallen victim to a phishing scam, which potentially exposed the information of approximately 13,000 patients. Baystate learned on August 22, 2016 that five...

HIMSS Urges Holistic Security to Combat Cybersecurity Threats

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As healthcare cybersecurity threats continue to evolve, covered entities must ensure that they are also adapting their approaches to data security measures, according to a recent position statement from the Healthcare Information Management Systems...

How Can Covered Entities Best Prepare for Ransomware Threats?

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Please don’t turn a blind eye to ransomware threats, or think “it won’t happen to me.” Because it can, and it very well may. Today, healthcare has already become a digital entity with more digital assets and very sensitive...

Many Healthcare Ransomware Attacks Impact Providers, Patients

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When a covered entity is impacted by a healthcare ransomware attack, the recovery process is not always easy. Not only will daily operations likely be impacted, but patients could also feel the effects. Whether the ransomware caused patient records...

Improving Health Data Security with Payment Security Controls

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Healthcare data encryption options are often touted as key ways for covered entities and business associates to strengthen their health data security. That includes payment security controls, which should be considered as part of a provider’s...

Top 4 Healthcare Data Breaches Stem from Hacking Incident

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While 2016 is not yet complete, there have already been approximately 250 reported cases of potential healthcare data breaches affecting more than 500 individuals submitted to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). The majority of these incidents...

Why Businesses Must Adhere to FTC Act and HIPAA Privacy Rule

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Businesses that collect and share consumer health information need to not only be mindful of the HIPAA Privacy Rule, but must also adhere to the FTC Act. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released new guidance on key privacy and security considerations...

What is the Full Impact of a Healthcare Cybersecurity Attack?

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Large-scale healthcare data breaches are not new to the healthcare industry, and healthcare cybersecurity attacks are becoming more intricate and difficult to predict. However, the initial attack is not always where the story ends for covered...

How User Training Affects Healthcare Ransomware Preparation

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Covered entities and business associates have numerous areas to consider when it comes to preparing against potential healthcare ransomware threats. It is not enough to just install firewalls and anti-virus software. Organizations need to implement...

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