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Data Encryption Workgroup Report Discusses Privacy Concerns

December 22, 2016 - It is important to remember that there is not a “one-size-fits-all” answer or a “solution” to the debate over whether or not data encryption should be utilized by organizations or the government, the bipartisan Encryption Working Group (EWG) explained in a recent report. EWG has held meetings for the past year with stakeholders from private industry, the intelligence...


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Data Encryption Workgroup Report Discusses Privacy Concerns

by Elizabeth Snell

It is important to remember that there is not a “one-size-fits-all” answer or a “solution” to the debate over whether or not data encryption should be utilized by organizations or the government, the bipartisan Encryption...

How Evolving Cyber Threats Affect Health Data Encryption

by Elizabeth Snell

Data encryption options are quickly becoming a top security choice for healthcare organizations that are looking to remain innovative but still keep patient data out of the wrong hands. With a recent survey showing the quick growth of the global...

Can SSL Decryption Prevent Healthcare Data Breaches?

by Elizabeth Snell

Utilizing data encryption methods is often touted as a way to prevent healthcare data breaches, as it could help prevent sensitive information from being easily accessible. Preventing and even preventing network attacks should be a top priority...

NIST Urges End of SMS Messaging in Two-Factor Authentication

by Elizabeth Snell

Using SMS messaging in two-factor authentication has the risk that information may be intercepted or redirected, and other alternatives should instead be considered, according to a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) draft guide....

How Unvalidated Encryption Threatens Patient Data Security

by Ray Potter of SafeLogic

Technology vendors building solutions for deployment in healthcare love to talk about encryption and how it can help patient data security. It’s the silver bullet that allows physicians and patients alike to embrace new apps and tools....

How to Protect Your Entity from Healthcare Phishing Attacks

by Lysa Myers of ESET

We read with horror about healthcare organizations getting hacked, spilling personal health details that no one wants to find dumped out onto the public internet. The origins of these attacks are all-too-frequently healthcare phishing attacks,...

Staying HIPAA Compliant While Using Health Data Encryption

by Jon Senger of Vertiscale

Many people may be surprised to learn that HIPAA laws do not require any specific type of health data encryption. However, regulatory updates since the Security Rule’s enactment have shown how critical HHS thinks encryption is, and for...

Improving Patient Data Security with Data-Centric Technology

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations of all sizes are understandably concerned with patient data security, especially as technology continues to evolve and hackers grow more sophisticated. Healthcare data encryption is one key way that covered entities can...

Will Healthcare Data Encryption be Impacted by NIST Guide?

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Healthcare providers and other covered entities under HIPAA regulations may have a new resource on healthcare data encryption standards from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST released the final draft of “NIST...

Creating Secure Healthcare BYOD Environments, Communication

by Tom Toperczer of Brother

Healthcare bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies make sense from a cost-savings and provider-relations perspective. With BYOD, organizations are alleviated from purchasing equipment, plus physicians are likely more satisfied because they can...

Stolen Laptop Leads to Possible Healthcare Data Breach in KS

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Valley Hope Association, a Kansas-based non-profit that provides drug and alcohol addiction treatment, recently announced a data security breach after a work-issued laptop containing patient information was stolen from an employee’s car...

CA Data Breach Report: Healthcare Data Encryption Necessary

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare data encryption is a “particular imperative,” and one that should also be considered for other organizations when it comes to protecting personal data stored on laptops, desktop computers, and mobile devices, according...

Hollywood Presbyterian Pays $17,000 after Ransomware Attack

by Sara Heath

Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center (HPMC) has paid $17,000 after a ransomware attack, which encrypted its EHR and demanded the sum of money in exchange for the encryption key. According to a public statement from the hospital, there is no...

Too Few Organizations Implement Data Encryption, Survey Says

by Sara Heath

Despite its proposed importance to health data security, research shows that data encryption is not as widespread as one might hope. In a white paper published by Sophos, researchers show that data encryption is not a widespread security tactic...

How Health Data Sharing Relates to Healthcare Privacy

by Elizabeth Snell

With the push toward nationwide interoperability, health data sharing is continually a top issue that covered entities are trying to overcome. Whether a healthcare provider is trying to connect to an HIE, or a research institute is trying to...

IU Health Arnett Healthcare Data Breach Affects 30K Patients

by Sara Heath

In late 2015, the Indiana University Health Arnett (IU Health Arnett) discovered that it fell victim to a healthcare data breach when an unencrypted storage device went missing from its emergency department. According to a hospital statement,...

FTC Settles Dental Software Patient Data Encryption Case

by Elizabeth Snell

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently settled a case involving alleged misleading information about how a dental practice software company handled patient data encryption. Henry Schein Practice Solutions, Inc. (Schein) is required to pay...

How Technical Safeguards Prevent Healthcare Data Breaches

by Sara Heath

As hacking and cyberattacks continue to occur and lead to healthcare data breaches, technical safeguards become increasingly important for healthcare organizations. Technical safeguards, as defined by the Department of Health and Human Services...

Using Health Data Encryption for Breach Prevention

by Sara Heath

Electronic health data has been the cause of considerable discussion throughout the healthcare industry. As more health information is stored on electronic platforms, that information is increasingly exposed to the potential threat of a healthcare...

OIG Identifies IT Security Issues Following OPM Data Breach

by Sara Heath

Following the massive data breach at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) earlier this year, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has released an audit report detailing several IT security issues at the agency. Although the data breach...

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