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Ransomware, Medical Device Security Top HIMSS17 Topics

February 13, 2017 - With HIMSS17 right around the corner, it’s time for healthcare IT professionals to gear up for the annual conference breaking down the industry’s hottest topics. Last year saw a drastic increase in ransomware attacks, so it should come as no surprise that preparation against such cybersecurity issues will be a leading discussion point. Along with ransomware, learning how to improve...


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Ransomware, Medical Device Security Top HIMSS17 Topics

by Elizabeth Snell

With HIMSS17 right around the corner, it’s time for healthcare IT professionals to gear up for the annual conference breaking down the industry’s hottest topics. Last year saw a drastic increase in ransomware attacks, so it should...

How Healthcare Cybersecurity Ties into Larger National Plan

by Elizabeth Snell

Many findings from a recent report by the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity have direct ties to the future of healthcare cybersecurity, according to Lee Kim, director of privacy and security for HIMSS North America. The Commission...

HIMSS Praises DHS National Cybersecurity Response Plan

by Elizabeth Snell

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...

HIMSS Urges Holistic Security to Combat Cybersecurity Threats

by Elizabeth Snell

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...

Information Sharing Key in Improving Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

Improving the outreach and information sharing on healthcare cybersecurity issues, along with having more educated and qualified cybersecurity personnel and health IT experts will be essential in strengthening the healthcare cybersecurity infrastructure,...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Efforts Improving, Still Need Work

by Elizabeth Snell

Ransomware, advanced persistent threats (APTs), and phishing attacks are the top most feared threats in healthcare cybersecurity, according to a recent HIMSS survey. While the majority of organizations have made efforts to prioritize their information...

Health Data Security Considerations in Precision Medicine

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Applying the National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework (NIST CSF) to the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI): Draft Data Security Principles and Framework is a positive step towards better health data security, according...

Understanding Medical Device Security in Healthcare Today

by Elizabeth Snell

LAS VEGAS – There is no question that medical device security is a top issue in today’s healthcare industry, especially as more providers are looking to implement connected devices.   All of the attention being given to medical...

Cybersecurity, Medical Device Security Key HIMSS16 Issues

by Elizabeth Snell

The annual HIMSS conference is next week, and it will of course tackle the healthcare industry’s hottest topics. With 2015 filled with large-scale healthcare data breaches, and the need for strong cybersecurity measures increasing more...

HIMSS: NIST Cybersecurity Framework Positive, Can Improve

by Elizabeth Snell

While the National Institute for Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework can be greatly beneficial for the healthcare industry, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) explained that the Framework...

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...

Phishing Attacks Top Data Security Motivator, Says HIMSS

by Elizabeth Snell

Nearly three-quarters of healthcare organizations list phishing attacks as a motivator for improving their data security environment, according to a recent survey by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). That was...

HIMSS and CHIME Pen Letter to HHS on Healthcare IT’s Future

by Elizabeth Snell

HIMSS and CHIME are concerned after various leadership changes within the ONC, but hope to work together with HHS. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has been on a bit of a roller coaster ride over the last several months in...

HIMSS Responds To NIST Cybersecurity Framework RFI

by Patrick Ouellette

A number of organizations have already responded to the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) request for information (RFI) on its Cybersecurity Framework sent out August 26, 2014, including HIMSS to offer healthcare insight....

2014 HIMSS Analytics Cloud Survey cites security decisions

by Patrick Ouellette

To varying degrees, healthcare organizations are finding more and more uses for the Software as a Service (SaaS) model. As such, the 2014 HIMSS Analytics Cloud Survey broke down SaaS challenges, barriers and successes among the 150 healthcare...

HHS, Medscape activity offers EHR privacy, security tips

by Patrick Ouellette

As the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reminded the HIMSS14 audience of a few months ago, HHS has been making concerted efforts to offer providers as many HIPAA related resources as possible. One of the latest pieces of content...

Health IT security risk management: Involving board members

by Patrick Ouellette

Getting approval from a board of directors on various healthcare IT projects that bring immediate and tangible return on investment is one thing, but getting it to be on the same page in terms of information technology risks and enterprise risk...

HIMSS14: Health data encryption rollout strategies for CIOs

by Patrick Ouellette

A key consideration when performing a risk assessment within a healthcare organization is how it plans on encrypting both data at rest and in motion. To help with these plans, Denis Tanguay, CIO, Central Maine Medical Center and Jeff Bell, CISSP...

ONC previews new risk assessment tool at HIMSS14

by Patrick Ouellette

At HIMSS14 yesterday, Joy Pritts, JD, Chief Privacy Officer of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Laura Rosas, JD, MPH, Senior Advisor Office of the Chief Privacy Officer reviewed some of the latest...

Factoring new technologies into healthcare risk analysis

by Patrick Ouellette

The HIMSS14 Conference down in Orlando this week will present an opportunity for vendors of all different sizes and specialties to display their offerings to their user audience. New technologies are being announced on what seems like an hourly...

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