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Prioritizing Healthcare Data Security in Aggregation, Sharing

April 19, 2017 - Data aggregation is quickly becoming a larger issue in healthcare, especially as organizations begin to switch over from fee-for-service models to value-based healthcare. As entities continue to gather, store, and transfer sensitive information, healthcare data security must remain a top priority. But why are healthcare organizations even gathering such information in the first place? The...


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Employee Healthcare Data Security Awareness Top Industry Threat

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Approximately 80 percent of surveyed health IT executives and professionals report that employee security awareness is their greatest concern regarding healthcare data security. The 2017 Level 3 Healthcare Security Study was conducted...

HIMSS Urges Holistic Approach in NIST Cybersecurity Framework

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Having a holistic approach to healthcare cybersecurity is essential in the industry, but there is a lack of alignment between the people, processes, and technology, according to HIMSS. That lack of alignment often creates difficulty for healthcare...

FDA Has Medical Device Cybersecurity Concerns in Abbott Labs

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The FDA recently sent a warning letter to Abbott Labs, explaining that there were potential medical device cybersecurity issues with some of Abbott’s devices that were acquired with Abbott’s purchase of St. Jude Medical earlier this...

Cybersecurity Attacks Hit 87% of Organizations in 2016

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A majority of organizations reported that they were affected by a cybersecurity attack last year, with one in three saying that they had been hacked more than five times in the past 12 months, according to a recent Bitglass report. In response,...

TN Updates Data Breach Notification Law for Encrypted Data

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Any person or business that conducts business in Tennessee is only required give data breach notification if the information acquired was unencrypted, according to a recently passed amendment. Amended Senate Bill 547 states that encrypted data...

Healthcare Information Sharing Need Stressed in Recent Hearing

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Industry stakeholders recently met at a Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing on how to improve healthcare cybersecurity. Stronger healthcare information sharing was underlined as a key factor in strengthening the public-private...

Study Addresses Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Challenges

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Promoting a cyber and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, as well as creating cybersecurity scholarships are two key ways federal cybersecurity workforce challenges can be addressed, according to a recent Government...

AHA Suggests Law Enforcement Aid in Cyber Attack Prevention

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Law enforcement agencies should be given necessary resources to proactively share information, conduct investigations, and assist data breach victims to ensure strong cyber attack prevention measures, according to the American Hospital Association...

OCR Urges End-to-End Security, Verified HTTPS to Protect PHI

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Implementing end-to-end connection security on internet transactions using Secure Hypertext Transport Protocol (HTTPS) can help healthcare organizations better protect PHI and even detect malware, according to OCR’s latest cybersecurity...

White House Finds HHS Strengthening Cybersecurity Measures

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HHS has made great progress in working to improve its cybersecurity measures and overall approach to stronger cyber hygiene, according to a recent White House report. HHS has aligned its approach to cybersecurity with the Cybersecurity Act of...

GAO Finds Identity Theft Services Limited in Fraud Prevention

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Identity theft services offer several benefits to organizations and individuals, but there are limitations in fraud prevention and other identity protection services, according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. Medical...

2016 Record Data Breach Year, Attackers Less Healthcare-Focused

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There were a record number of records compromised from data breaches in 2016, growing 566 percent in 2016 from 600 million to more than 4 billion, according to a recent IBM report. The 2017 IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index also found that...

Why Healthcare Network Security is a Critical Provider Tool

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Covered entities are quickly implementing more technology into daily operations, which could potentially open the door for cyber criminals or even unauthorized insider access. Healthcare network security measures must be current and comprehensive,...

DHS Must Sustain Stronger Federal Cybersecurity Measures Push

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) must continue to foster initiatives to improve federal cybersecurity measures, such as utilizing the National Cybersecurity Protection System (NCPS), according to the Government Accountability Office...

FBI Warns Orgs of PHI Security Risk in FTP Servers

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Cyber criminals are targeting File Transfer Protocol (FTP) servers, which may compromise PHI security and PII security, according to a recent FBI warning. Citing research from the University of Michigan, the FBI explained that FTP servers were...

Ransomware Attack Mitigation in Updated ONC SAFER Guide

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Best practices for ransomware attack mitigation and prevention, along with general contingency planning, were recently discussed in updated SAFER Guides from the ONC. First published in January 2014, the SAFER Guides “provide an easy-to-use...

How Healthcare Cybersecurity Measures Affect National Approach

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Earlier this month, the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection of the Homeland Security Committee held a hearing to determine the value and effectiveness of the current engagement between the private sector and the Department...

WEDI Outlines Tips for Improving Healthcare Cybersecurity

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As healthcare data breaches increase in frequency and become more intricate in types of attacks, organizations must ensure that their healthcare cybersecurity measures appropriately match, according to the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange...

IT Security Workers Expect IoT Cybersecurity Attack Increase

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As more industries, including healthcare, continue to implement connected devices in critical infrastructure segments, there will likely be an increase in Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) cybersecurity attacks, according to a recent Tripwire...

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