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How healthcare providers should reinvest in IT security

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For years, Reza Chapman, who works in the Health Care Advisory Services practice at EY (formerly Ernst & Young), has seen healthcare organizations not invest as much as needed in IT security. As a result of HIPAA Omnibus Rule requirements...

HIPAA compliant ways to secure a provider’s private cloud

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Many healthcare organizations have realized that using cloud computing doesn’t need to be an all-in strategy that requires a complete overall of their infrastructure. Instead, many have taken advantage of virtual machine (VM) deployment...

Seattle Children’s Hospital CISO discusses internal collaboration

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The idea of having a strong security plan in place for a healthcare organization’s eventual data breach is one that has been discussed at length lately within the industry. But one of the key elements of a strong security plan is the internal...

Cloud HIPAA BAA considerations for healthcare providers

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Most healthcare cloud security discussions these days usually involve a cloud provider’s willingness (or perhaps lack thereof) to sign a HIPAA business associate agreement (BAA). What was once considered an agreement that vendors didn’t...

Healthcare cloud security resources, advice for providers

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Healthcare providers and their business associates (BAs) are gradually becoming more comfortable with the concept of storing data off-site and online in a cloud environment. While there is ease of access in having a central, accessible databank...

Microsoft, Google talk cloud security trust at RSA 2014

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Microsoft took some time away from taking public jabs at Google to join hands with the IT giant on the topic of trust while analyzing the current state of cloud security during last week’s RSA Conference 2014. For healthcare providers looking...

RSA Conference 2014 Day One: Cloud Summit, CISO values

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Though there has been plenty of discussion on RSA’s relationship with NSA leading up to this week’s 23rd annual RSA Conference 2014, held February 24-28 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, there are plenty of IT security topics...

What will Google cloud BAA support mean for health developers?

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Google recently announced that Google cloud services will now include support for HIPAA covered entities. For some organizations that are wary of using cloud applications, this was a ho-hum announcement. But for those who are working toward building...

Vendors to showcase secure solutions at HIMSS14

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As HIMSS14 in Orlando gets closer, vendors are announcing their participation and product showcases. Patient data security continues to be a focal point in the healthcare industry, and companies are eager to share their HIPAA-compliant offerings....

Google extends HIPAA BAA support to cloud app developers

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Google will continue to warm up to HIPAA covered entities and business associates (BAs) in 2014, as Matthew O’Connor, Google Product Manager, recently wrote that Google cloud services will now include support for HIPAA covered entities. Google...

IT expert discusses healthcare security challenges, training

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With new technology infrastructure going into healthcare organizations and massive amounts of data being filtered through them, there isn’t a single set of policies or products that can help these organizations adhere to security best practices....

DDoS attack considerations for healthcare organizations

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Recent discussions of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) threats in healthcare have mainly been in connection with a supposed DDoS attack on Healthcare.Gov that failed last fall. However, the conversation shouldn’t be limited to the...

McAfee threat report cites mobile malware, social attacks

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The McAfee Labs’ 2014 Threats Predictions report spanned a number of different areas of concern in IT security. Though, by nature, a company such as McAfee makes its business on ensuring the public knows the potential threats and how its...

Amazon Web Services encryption partners try new strategies

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2014 is a new year, but public cloud vendors are still trying to find ways to get healthcare organizations to believe in public cloud encryption and key management. For example, Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace has a number of encryption...

Public cloud survey cites security perception as an obstacle

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A recent survey that polled nearly 250 Internet infrastructure decision makers world-wide aimed at getting a better idea of public cloud adoption, requirements and challenges across the different industries, including healthcare. Though there...

IT security consultant’s 2014 predictions: Healthcare impact

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Year-end lists are common in healthcare, as just about everyone (including HealthITSecurity.com) has a “best of” or “top” list to offer come mid-December. While these vendor lists may have include underlying business reasons...

UCHealth picks Office 365: The BAA effect on cloud security

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We know the benefits of cloud computing for healthcare organizations – a subscription model can save an organization from the heavy costs of owning and maintaining its own servers. But there has been great cloud trepidation among these organizations...

Citrix, VMware offer software assisting HIPAA compliance

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New Citrix ShareFile Cloud aids HIPAA compliance Citrix ShareFile Cloud for Healthcare, Citrix’s virtual private cloud offering for file sharing, is now available to healthcare organizations looking to secure and manage protected health...

Focusing on web-based threats in a health cloud environment

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From a regulatory and technical perspective, securing EHRs in a cloud environment both creates and eliminates different types of risks. Ensuring patients’ EHR data is safe is important because of the nature and concentration of that data,...

Surveying healthcare cloud encryption options, strategies

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Healthcare organizations are mainly attracted to cloud computing for its flexibility, elasticity and the pay-as-you-go economic model. But since these features attracted them to the cloud in the first place, they don’t want to sacrifice...

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