Healthcare Information Security

Cybersecurity in Healthcare

Consumers Worried National Data Privacy Capabilities Lacking

by Elizabeth Snell

With many Americans admitting to having personal experience with a major data breach, it should come as no surprise that they have concerns with how the government and other corporations handle data privacy. Out of 1,040 surveyed adults, 64 percent...

Security Operations Centers Falling Below Optimal Levels

by Elizabeth Snell

The majority of security operations centers (SOCs), which assist organizations in mitigating potential cybersecurity risks, are falling below the optimal maturity level, according to research from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). The HPE State...

Working to Overcome the Cybersecurity Skills Gap in Healthcare

by Elizabeth Snell

The cybersecurity threat landscape is ever-evolving, forcing many industries to hire individuals with applicable cybersecurity skills to keep sensitive data secure. Healthcare is no different, with ransomware attacks, malware incidents, and other...

National Cybersecurity Strategy Suggested in New Report

by Elizabeth Snell

Improving cyber hygiene and working to reduce and control cyber crime are just two of the cybersecurity strategy recommendations from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in its recent Cyber Policy Task Force report. CSIS...

Preparing for the 2017 Healthcare Cybersecurity Threats

by Mac McMillan of CynergisTek

Cybersecurity is a major concern for healthcare executives as we head into 2017. After two years of a steadily increasing cyber threat landscape that resulted in record numbers of patient records compromised, health organizations extorted financially...

Why Healthcare Must Invest in Data Security Measures

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare cybersecurity threats continue to evolve, and with cases of ransomware infiltrating provider networks, patient data security and patient safety could both be put at risk. Healthcare organizations must ensure that they are making strong...

Prioritizing Data Privacy, Security in the Healthcare C-Suite

by Elizabeth Snell

As healthcare IT continues to evolve, the C-suite is also expanding and becoming more intricate. Individuals in leadership positions need to keep data privacy and security issues top priorities, especially as healthcare remains a target for cyber...

DHS Cyber Incident Response Plan Focuses on Infrastructure Risk

by Elizabeth Snell

The Department of Homeland Security released a refreshed version of its National Cyber Incident Response Plan (NCIRP), with a strong focus on how the US can react to cybersecurity threats to critical infrastructure. The NCIRP as previously published...

Delaware Health Data Breach Potentially Impacts 19K

by Kate Monica

At Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield in Delaware, two subcontractors suffered a breach leaving 16 self-insured customers and 19,000 Highmark members vulnerable to a potential attack. The incident came to light January 13, 2017 after the Delaware...

FDA Finds Potential Cybersecurity Issues in St. Jude Devices

by Elizabeth Snell

Certain St. Jude Medical implantable cardiac devices were found to have cybersecurity issues, according to recent findings from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Pacemakers, defibrillators, and resynchronization devices help patients with...

NIST Releases Updated Draft Version of Cybersecurity Framework

by Elizabeth Snell

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently released an updated draft version of its Cybersecurity Framework, with incorporated comments from the December 2015 Request for Information and comments from Cybersecurity Framework...

Anthem Data Breach Reportedly Caused by Foreign Nation Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

The large-scale cybersecurity attack on Anthem in 2015 that led to 78.8 million consumer records potentially being exposed in a data breach was caused by a foreign nation attacker, according to the California Department of Insurance. An investigation...

Healthcare Ransomware Attacks Fuel Protection Market Growth

by Elizabeth Snell

As healthcare continues to digitize medical records and increase its use of ePHI, it is also making it a larger target for ransomware attacks, according to recent research. The healthcare industry is also facing more ransomware attacks than any...

Cybersecurity Challenges Key Focus in Federal Appointment

by Elizabeth Snell

Last week, Thomas P. Bossert was appointed to serve as Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, and will advise the President-elect on cybersecurity challenges, homeland security, and counterterrorism. The role has...

ICIT Finds Healthcare Sector at Great Risk for DDoS Attacks

by Elizabeth Snell

With its high dependency on digital records, network connectivity, accessible information, and real-time communication, healthcare is one of the sectors at greatest risk for a DDoS attack, the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology...

DirectTrust Voices Concern for Cybersecurity in Healthcare

by Elizabeth Snell

The new administration needs to understand the importance of creating strong cybersecurity measures in healthcare, according to DirectTrust. Encryption, authentication, and identity management are all critical requirements to help policy and...

CHIME Notes Cybersecurity Challenge in MACRA Final Rule

by Elizabeth Snell

More attention must be given to the current cybersecurity challenge and the persistent lack of interoperability across the nation’s health system must also be addressed in the final MACRA rule, according to the College of Healthcare Information...

Study Finds Human Factor Key Area of Cybersecurity Risk

by Elizabeth Snell

A lack of cybersecurity staff members, a lack of employee training, and not enough boardroom prioritization are top contributions to cybersecurity risk, according to a recent study from the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and...

Cybersecurity Attacks Leading 2016 Data Breach Cause

by Elizabeth Snell

Data breaches in the healthcare industry are always a top concern for providers, business associates, vendors, and other stakeholders. With technology continuing to quickly evolve, security cannot be a secondary consideration. The majority of...

Researchers Claim Medical Devices Vulnerable to DoS Attacks

by Elizabeth Snell

Implantable medical devices (IMDs), including pacemakers and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs), were found to be vulnerable to denial-of-service (DoS) attacks, which could lead to patient safety issues, according to a recently published...

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