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ISACA Finds Cybersecurity Skills Gap Leaves 25% of Orgs Exposed

February 13, 2017 - Evolving cybersecurity threats pose dangers to numerous industries, including healthcare, but a recent survey indicates that there is a cybersecurity skills gap that leaves entities exposed for months at a time. Over one-third of respondents – 37 percent – reported that fewer than 1 in 4 candidates have the qualifications employers need to keep companies secure, according to ISACA’s State...


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ISACA Finds Cybersecurity Skills Gap Leaves 25% of Orgs Exposed

by Elizabeth Snell

Evolving cybersecurity threats pose dangers to numerous industries, including healthcare, but a recent survey indicates that there is a cybersecurity skills gap that leaves entities exposed for months at a time. Over one-third of respondents...

3 Key Steps for Stronger Data Security in Healthcare

by Bill Kleyman

There was a recent Forbes article that analyzed the findings from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), which looked at the total number of breaches and impacted people in 2015. So, what did OCR find? In 2015, there were 253 healthcare breaches,...

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...

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...

Protect Healthcare Data with User Training, Secure Systems

by Bill Kleyman

As covered entities and business associates of all sizes work to protect healthcare data, there are numerous aspects to consider, especially as cybsecurity threats continue to evolve and become more sophisticated.  We often focus on major...

NIST Resource to Help Create Strong Cybersecurity Workforce

by Elizabeth Snell

An organization led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) developed a new resource to ensure that organizations can “more effectively identify, recruit, develop and maintain its cybersecurity talent” and create...

What Lessons Can be learned from Recent Health Data Breaches?

by Elizabeth Snell

Several recent large-scale health data breaches have affected over 5 million individuals, including patients, employees, and providers. With more covered entities implementing connected devices, BYOD strategies, and working toward interoperability,...

Utilizing Administrative Safeguards to Prevent Insider Threats

by Elizabeth Snell

Preventing healthcare insider threats needs to be a top priority for covered entities of all sizes, and with cybersecurity threats evolving each day, training methods must also remain current. Administrative safeguards, including user training...

Use Staff Training to Improve Hospital Ransomware Procedures

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations of all sizes need to ensure that they are regularly updating their technological, administrative, and physical safeguards as cybersecurity threats continue to evolve. This is particularly true when it comes to hospital...

5 Healthcare Data Security Challenges and Solutions

by Elizabeth Snell

There are numerous healthcare data security challenges in the industry, and these challenges will only continue to evolve as technology becomes more complex and providers work to stay current. Healthcare cybersecurity threats are often thought...

3 Tools to Help Prevent Healthcare Ransomware Attacks

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare ransomware attacks are one of the current top concerns for many covered entities, but this type of cybersecurity infiltration is not a new issue. However, it is hitting the healthcare industry more often as more organizations begin...

Does Employee Access Hinder Patient Data Security?

by Elizabeth Snell

Patient data security needs to be a top priority at every healthcare organization, regardless of the size of the covered entity. This is especially critical as more facilities begin to implement mobile devices, use new EMR systems and even connect...

Healthcare Security and Compliance Increases, Says DataMotion

by Elizabeth Snell

The majority of healthcare organizations – 97 percent – have put healthcare security and compliance measures into place, according to DataMotion’s third annual survey on corporate email and file transfer habits. This is an increase...

The ‘Human Factor’ and Healthcare Privacy and Security

by Elizabeth Snell

An organization can have all the necessary healthcare privacy and security measures in place, but without comprehensive employee training, the facility could still fall victim to a data breach or violate HIPAA regulations. That is just one of...

How to Search for Qualified Healthcare IT Security Personnel

by Patrick Ouellette

Finding qualified healthcare security personnel remains a challenge in an industry where new threats make protecting patient data more complex by the day. Seeing as about half of the 2013 HIMSS Security Survey respondents said they have a CSO,...

West Virginia REC offers provider security, privacy tips

by Patrick Ouellette

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) shared news this week that Regional Extension Centers (RECs) have aided more than 100,000 healthcare organizations in EHR adoption and Stage 1 Meaningful Use attestation....

Identifying and mitigating healthcare IT security risks

by Patrick Ouellette

Being proactive in healthcare IT security means picking out risks before incidents occur, not after the fact. But the challenge is that potential risks are spread across a variety of areas within a healthcare organization. Blair Smith, Ph.D....

Indian Health Services data breach affects 620 patients

by Patrick Ouellette

Indian Health Services (IHS) alerted 620 patients in July that a data breach had occurred on May 30 when an IHS employee mistakenly left a folder with patient names, Social Security numbers and enrollment information out in a public area. According...

Mass. eHealth adoption growing, but privacy concerns remain

by Patrick Ouellette

The 2014 Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI) Provider and Consumer Health IT Research Study provided a helpful look into how Massachusetts healthcare providers and consumers perceive healthcare IT adoption. The study showed that consumers...

Rady Children’s Hospital boosts data security training

by Patrick Ouellette

Rady Children’s Hospital of San Diego suffered a human error-based data breach in June that affected 14,121 patients and the hospital’s administrators have since reported some steps taken to prevent a future occurrence. During a San...

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