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GAO Urges Improvement in Federal Cybersecurity Measures

February 14, 2017 - Improvements must be made to the federal government’s cybersecurity measures, especially to ensure that federal information systems and cyber critical infrastructure remain secure, according to a recent GAO report.   Changes will also help ensure the government can protect the privacy of personally identifiable information (PII). “Virtually all federal operations are supported...


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ISACA Finds Cybersecurity Skills Gap Leaves 25% of Orgs Exposed

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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...

Ransomware, Medical Device Security Top HIMSS17 Topics

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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...

Md. Introduces Ransomware Bill with Criminal, Civil Penalties

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A recent ransomware bill introduced into the Maryland General Assembly calls for steeper penalties for individuals who utilize the malicious software for such attacks. Maryland Senator Sen. Susan Lee sponsored the bill, HB 340, which “creates...

DHS Issues Update on St. Jude Medical Device Vulnerability

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Successfully exploiting a medical device vulnerability found in certain St. Jude devices may give a remote attacker access to communication endpoints, according to a recent advisory from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The follow-up...

3 Key Steps for Stronger Data Security in Healthcare

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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,...

Preventing Insider Threats from Affecting Health Data Security

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There are numerous potential threats to health data security, and the increasingly complex level of technology will only help add to that threat level. Insider threats are one key area of concern, as careless or poorly trained employees could...

GAO Finds DHS Cybersecurity Measures Have Room for Improvement

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While the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has worked toward implementing necessary cybersecurity measures in its National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), there are still factors impeding its efficiency and effectiveness,...

How Healthcare IT Teams Bring Value and Security to Providers

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Over the recent years, some of the most successful healthcare organizations are those that thoroughly involve their IT teams with overall business goals. IT professionals are no longer a silo operation, put in place to put out fires or deal with...

Cybersecurity Risk Management Focus in HITRUST Catalogue

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Having a stronger understanding of cybersecurity risk management is a key way for healthcare organizations to view potential risk areas and keep data secure, according to the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST). That was a driving factor...

Consumers Worried National Data Privacy Capabilities Lacking

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With many Americans admitting to having personal experience with a major data breach, it should come as no surprise that they have concerns with how the government and other corporations handle data privacy. Out of 1,040 surveyed adults, 64 percent...

Security Operations Centers Falling Below Optimal Levels

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The majority of security operations centers (SOCs), which assist organizations in mitigating potential cybersecurity risks, are falling below the optimal maturity level, according to research from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). The HPE State...

Working to Overcome the Cybersecurity Skills Gap in Healthcare

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The cybersecurity threat landscape is ever-evolving, forcing many industries to hire individuals with applicable cybersecurity skills to keep sensitive data secure. Healthcare is no different, with ransomware attacks, malware incidents, and other...

National Cybersecurity Strategy Suggested in New Report

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Improving cyber hygiene and working to reduce and control cyber crime are just two of the cybersecurity strategy recommendations from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in its recent Cyber Policy Task Force report. CSIS...

Preparing for the 2017 Healthcare Cybersecurity Threats

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Cybersecurity is a major concern for healthcare executives as we head into 2017. After two years of a steadily increasing cyber threat landscape that resulted in record numbers of patient records compromised, health organizations extorted financially...

Why Healthcare Must Invest in Data Security Measures

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Healthcare cybersecurity threats continue to evolve, and with cases of ransomware infiltrating provider networks, patient data security and patient safety could both be put at risk. Healthcare organizations must ensure that they are making strong...

DirectTrust PHI Sharing Increases 24% Since End of 2015

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The number of healthcare organizations using DirectTrust interoperability tools in 2016, including PHI sharing options, has seen significant growth, according to recent DirectTrust numbers. There were more than 98 million Direct message transactions...

OIG Finds Slight Increase in Medicare Information Security Gaps

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Evaluations of the Medicare administrative contractor (MAC) information security program found that the programs were adequate in scope sufficiency but still had an increase in security gaps from the previous year. The Office of Inspector General...

Prioritizing Data Privacy, Security in the Healthcare C-Suite

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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...

2016 Healthcare Data Breaches Largely From Employee Error

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While the business sector led the way in reported data breaches for 2016, healthcare came in second by accounting for 34.5 percent of overall reported breaches, according to research from the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and CyberScout....

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