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Recent Executive Order to Strengthen Federal Cybersecurity

May 12, 2017 - Improving federal cybersecurity, specifically in the nation’s networks and infrastructure settings, is the key focus in a recent executive order President Trump signed earlier this week. Federal network cybersecurity must be improved in policy, findings, and risk management, according to a White House statement. “The President will hold heads of executive departments and agencies...


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Recent Executive Order to Strengthen Federal Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

Improving federal cybersecurity, specifically in the nation’s networks and infrastructure settings, is the key focus in a recent executive order President Trump signed earlier this week. Federal network cybersecurity must be improved in...

67% of Security Teams Say Insiders Top Data Security Threat

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations must ensure that they carefully monitor who is able to access sensitive information, as potential data security threats can occur from either insiders or third-parties. While working with trusted vendors or business associates...

HHS Creating Own NCCIC for Improved Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

HHS plans to create its own version of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) in an effort to create stronger healthcare cybersecurity, according to a Federal News Radio report. HHS Chief Information Security...

House Committee Passes NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act

by Elizabeth Snell

The US House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology passed the NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act of 2017 earlier this week in an effort to ensure that small businesses are given necessary resources to reduce their risk for cybersecurity...

NCCIC Cautions Multiple Sectors of Recent Malware Threats

by Elizabeth Snell

Sophisticated malware threats that appear to be leveraging stolen administrative credentials may affect numerous industries, including healthcare, according to a recent National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) warning....

Addressing the Cybersecurity Skills Gap with Improved Training

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare is one of many industries struggling with a cybersecurity skills gap, working to ensure that the right individuals are put into positions where they can adequately manage the increasing threats. Being able to address that increasing...

Verizon Finds Phishing Attacks, Malware Top Data Breach Causes

by Elizabeth Snell

Increased propriety research, prototypes, and amounts of confidential personal data have all helped fuel cyberespionage attacks, such as phishing attacks, according to a recent Verizon report. There was also a 50 percent increase in ransomware...

Employee Healthcare Data Security Awareness Top Industry Threat

by Elizabeth Snell

Approximately 80 percent of surveyed health IT executives and professionals report that employee security awareness is their greatest concern regarding healthcare data security. The 2017 Level 3 Healthcare Security Study was conducted...

HIMSS Urges Holistic Approach in NIST Cybersecurity Framework

by Elizabeth Snell

Having a holistic approach to healthcare cybersecurity is essential in the industry, but there is a lack of alignment between the people, processes, and technology, according to HIMSS. That lack of alignment often creates difficulty for healthcare...

FDA Has Medical Device Cybersecurity Concerns in Abbott Labs

by Elizabeth Snell

The FDA recently sent a warning letter to Abbott Labs, explaining that there were potential medical device cybersecurity issues with some of Abbott’s devices that were acquired with Abbott’s purchase of St. Jude Medical earlier this...

Cybersecurity Attacks Hit 87% of Organizations in 2016

by Elizabeth Snell

A majority of organizations reported that they were affected by a cybersecurity attack last year, with one in three saying that they had been hacked more than five times in the past 12 months, according to a recent Bitglass report. In response,...

Healthcare Information Sharing Need Stressed in Recent Hearing

by Elizabeth Snell

Industry stakeholders recently met at a Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing on how to improve healthcare cybersecurity. Stronger healthcare information sharing was underlined as a key factor in strengthening the public-private...

Study Addresses Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Challenges

by Elizabeth Snell

Promoting a cyber and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, as well as creating cybersecurity scholarships are two key ways federal cybersecurity workforce challenges can be addressed, according to a recent Government...

AHA Suggests Law Enforcement Aid in Cyber Attack Prevention

by Elizabeth Snell

Law enforcement agencies should be given necessary resources to proactively share information, conduct investigations, and assist data breach victims to ensure strong cyber attack prevention measures, according to the American Hospital Association...

White House Finds HHS Strengthening Cybersecurity Measures

by Elizabeth Snell

HHS has made great progress in working to improve its cybersecurity measures and overall approach to stronger cyber hygiene, according to a recent White House report. HHS has aligned its approach to cybersecurity with the Cybersecurity Act of...

2016 Record Data Breach Year, Attackers Less Healthcare-Focused

by Elizabeth Snell

There were a record number of records compromised from data breaches in 2016, growing 566 percent in 2016 from 600 million to more than 4 billion, according to a recent IBM report. The 2017 IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index also found that...

DHS Must Sustain Stronger Federal Cybersecurity Measures Push

by Elizabeth Snell

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) must continue to foster initiatives to improve federal cybersecurity measures, such as utilizing the National Cybersecurity Protection System (NCPS), according to the Government Accountability Office...

FBI Warns Orgs of PHI Security Risk in FTP Servers

by Elizabeth Snell

Cyber criminals are targeting File Transfer Protocol (FTP) servers, which may compromise PHI security and PII security, according to a recent FBI warning. Citing research from the University of Michigan, the FBI explained that FTP servers were...

How Healthcare Cybersecurity Measures Affect National Approach

by Elizabeth Snell

Earlier this month, the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection of the Homeland Security Committee held a hearing to determine the value and effectiveness of the current engagement between the private sector and the Department...

WEDI Outlines Tips for Improving Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

As healthcare data breaches increase in frequency and become more intricate in types of attacks, organizations must ensure that their healthcare cybersecurity measures appropriately match, according to the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange...

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