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Companies Lacking Confidence in Data Breach Preparedness

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More organizations are implementing data breach preparedness plans, but a recent survey showed that those same companies are not entirely confident in their ability to recover from potential data security incidents. The fourth annual Is Your...

Animas Warns of Potential Medical Device Cybersecurity Issue

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Animas Corporation, a Johnson & Johnson company, recently disclosed to users of a certain type of insulin pump that potential medical device cybersecurity vulnerabilities were discovered in it. The Animas OneTouch Ping insulin pump could...

FDA Information Security Weaknesses Create Health Data Risk

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must still improve in its efforts to fix information security weaknesses found by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO), especially as the FDA receives, processes, and maintains sensitive industry...

ISAO SO Releases Cybersecurity Information Sharing Guidance

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Last week, The Information Sharing and Analysis Organization Standards Organization (ISAO SO) released several documents on cybersecurity information sharing guidance, focusing on cybersecurity risks, incidents, and best practices. One document...

Utilizing Network Security to Prevent Ransomware Attacks

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As healthcare organizations continue to implement new technologies, their data privacy and security measures cannot be an afterthought. This is especially true with healthcare ransomware attacks on the rise, which could compromise patient safety...

Healthcare Web Application Attacks Increase in Past Year

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There has been a 14 percent increase in overall web application attacks from Q1 2016 to Q2 2016, while healthcare web application attacks have also increased in the past year, according to recent research from Akamai. DDoS attacks also increased...

How Expensive are Cybersecurity Attacks, Data Breaches?

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While cybersecurity attacks and other data security incidents are on the rise, the actual costs of these types of scenarios are far less than previously reported, according to research from the Journal of Cybersecurity. Researchers examined over...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Task Force Seeks Industry Input

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The recently appointed Healthcare Cybersecurity Task Force is hoping that a crowdsourcing approach will draw in the necessary advice and insight for how the group can best implement change to keep the healthcare industry secure against evolving...

Why Healthcare is a ‘Sitting Duck’ in Data Protection Measures

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Healthcare organizations and manufacturers are very vulnerable when it comes to their data protection measures, according to the Intel Security 2016 Data Protection Benchmark Study.   While the gap between data loss and breach discovery...

Information Sharing Key in Improving Healthcare Cybersecurity

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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,...

Necessary Skills for Healthcare IT Security Professionals

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So you work in the healthcare IT security world. Have you seen some changes? Are you noticing more users requesting complex applications? Maybe you’re starting to deploy more compliance-ready cloud systems. Or, you could be utilizing new...

St. Jude Files Lawsuit Over Medical Device Security Claims

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Claims over potential medical device security issues with St. Jude Medical, Inc. pacemakers and other heart devices has now led to a lawsuit. St. Jude filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota against Muddy...

New Federal CISO Set to Bolster National Cybersecurity Measures

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Brigadier General (retired) Gregory J. Touhill was announced as the first Federal CISO earlier this week, and is expected to continue the push toward stronger national cybersecurity measures. Touhill is currently the Deputy Assistant Secretary...

Medical Device Cybersecurity Key Focus in NIST Partnership

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A new risk assessment project designed for monitoring wireless IV medical infusion pumps hopes to further strengthen medical device cybersecurity across the healthcare industry. The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST)...

Committee Investigation Claims OPM Data Breach was Preventable

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A failure to prioritize cybersecurity and adequately secure high value data helped lead to the OPM data breach, according to a House Oversight and Government Reform report. Furthermore, the OPM Inspector General (IG) had warned the agency as...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Knowledge Gaps in Phishing Awareness

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There is a need for both simulated phishing attacks and question-based evaluations to ensure that healthcare cybersecurity measures are able to protect sensitive data, according to a recent survey. The Wombat Beyond the Phish Report found that...

CHIME Member Leads Healthcare Cybersecurity Task Force

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Creating a set of recommendations that anyone in the healthcare industry can utilize is one of several goals for the federal healthcare cybersecurity task force, according to co-chair and CHIME board member Theresa Meadows, R.N., CHCIO. Meadows...

A Hacker’s Perspective on Strengthening Healthcare IT Security

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In today’s connected world most of us are frantically trying to protect our, or our organization’s, critical data and systems. Despite a couple of decades of constant advancements in IT security, there seems to be even more risks...

Cybersecurity Attacks Leading Large Health Data Breach Cause

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While the summer of 2016 is quickly coming to an end, covered entities and their business associates cannot ease up on their data security measures. If the past three months have been any indication, large health data breaches are not about to...

How FTC Data Security Aligns with NIST Cybersecurity Framework

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The NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF or The Framework) aligns with how FTC data security measures are outlined, according to a recent FTC blog post. Specifically, “the alleged lapses the FTC has challenged through its law enforcement actions...

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