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Cybersecurity in Healthcare

Why Collaboration is Key for FDA Medical Device Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

Medical device cybersecurity is becoming an increasingly important issue for both healthcare providers and device manufacturers. Moreover, the FDA recently released draft guidance on how medical device manufacturers must monitor, identify and...

Brown Offers ‘Hands-On’ Approach to Cybersecurity Threats

by Elizabeth Snell

As cybersecurity threats continue to increase across all industries, including healthcare, it is essential that organizations take the time to implement comprehensive strategies to combat those threats. Brown University recently announced its...

DHS Cybersecurity Protection System Can Improve, Finds GAO

by Elizabeth Snell

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Cybersecurity Protection System (NCPS) has some room for improvement, according to a recent US Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. The current metrics that DHS has developed...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Pushed in EHNAC, NH-ISAC Agreement

by Elizabeth Snell

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) and the National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center (NH-ISAC) recently announced that they had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in an effort to further strengthen...

Health Application Vulnerabilities Top IT Executive Concern

by Elizabeth Snell

Potential health application vulnerabilities, such as those on mobile and cloud-based applications, is a top concern among healthcare IT executives, according to a recent HIMSS and Veracode survey. HIMSS and Veracode interviewed 200 healthcare...

FDA Releases Medical Device Cybersecurity Draft Guidance

by Elizabeth Snell

It is important for medical device manufacturers to monitor, identify and address cybersecurity vulnerabilities, according to draft guidance recently released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA draft guidance is also meant to...

Are Existing Issues a Key Healthcare Data Breach Cause?

by Elizabeth Snell

A recent survey indicates that varying priorities could potentially lead to data breaches, including possible healthcare data breaches. Not only is there a significant gap between organizations’ IT and security teams, but one of the leading...

Majority of Companies Use Risk-Based Cybersecurity Framework

by Elizabeth Snell

Nearly all companies surveyed in the recent PwC Global State of Information Security Survey 2016 - 91 percent - reported that they follow a risk-based cybersecurity framework. With technology continuing to evolve, it should come as no surprise...

CHIME, HITRUST Comment On Cybersecurity Act Passing

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare cybersecurity will greatly benefit from the passing of the Cybersecurity Act of 2015, according to industry stakeholders. Congress passed the bill last week, and both the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME)...

NIST Calls for Public Comment on Cybersecurity Framework

by Sara Heath

The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking public comments on its Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, which was released in February of 2014. According to a NIST press release, the organization...

Top 10 Healthcare Data Breaches of 2015

by Elizabeth Snell

This was a significant year for the healthcare industry in terms of data breaches. The top three healthcare data breaches alone combined to potentially affect nearly 100 million individuals. As 2015 comes to an end, HealthITSecurity.com reviewed...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Urged in HITRUST Simulation Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

A recent cyberattack simulation designed to show areas of improvement for healthcare cybersecurity found that individual health plans do not find their current incident response plan to be adequate when it comes to protecting members. The Health...

How Healthcare Cybersecurity is Affected by Recent CISA Bill

by Elizabeth Snell

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act 2015 (CISA) was passed in October of this year, which will create a framework for exchanging information regarding cybersecurity threats within the numerous industries – including healthcare. In...

Knowing Data Value Essential for Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

The proliferation of mobile devices, BYOD strategies, and overall increase in connectivity has drastically affected the healthcare cybersecurity space. Providers, payers, insurers, and other organizations need to ensure that they maintain privacy...

Comments Sought on Healthcare Cybersecurity Draft Guide

by Elizabeth Snell

The Risk Management Working Group (RMWG) of the Joint Healthcare and Public Health (HPH) Coordinating Council wrote a healthcare cybersecurity draft guide and is seeking comments through November 30. The guide was also developed with the Health...

Gaps Found in Healthcare Cybersecurity Threat Detection

by Elizabeth Snell

Few healthcare companies actually contribute to a healthcare cybersecurity threat intelligence sharing and analysis organization, according to a recent report, which shows there are gaps when it comes to collecting data and then learning from...

The Changing Roles of Healthcare Cybersecurity Leadership

by Elizabeth Snell

An important aspect of healthcare data security is ensuring that an organization’s leadership is well-versed in the current cybersecurity issues. That way, healthcare organizations can work to create a well-rounded and secure environment...

Cybersecurity Plans See More Executive Support, Study Shows

by Sara Heath

As healthcare cybersecurity needs become increasingly urgent, researchers in a recent study found that CIOs and CISOs are being given more power and more budgetary means to combat cybersecurity threats. The study, which was conducted by Tyler...

How Has Medical Device Security Evolved?

by Elizabeth Snell

With the proliferation of connected devices, BYOD policies and even the push for interoperability, medical device security has become an increasingly important issue for healthcare providers. No covered entity wants to fall victim to a healthcare...

Cybersecurity Job Market Shows Need for Health IT Security

by Sara Heath

Cybersecurity is becoming an increasingly important part of the health IT industry as health data is more frequently stored on electronic and mobile devices as opposed to in old fashioned paper files. The complications many healthcare professionals...

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