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How HIPAA Compliance Can Help Against Ransomware Attacks

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As many as 4,000 ransomware attacks have occurred each day since January 1, 2016, with an increasing number of them targeting the healthcare industry. In one of the most costly attacks to date on a hospital, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center...

How Healthcare Cybersecurity Relates to DHS Incident Reporting

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently released a fact sheet on how organizations should report cybersecurity incidents to the federal government. While covered entities must adhere to HIPAA regulations in regard to reporting potential...

Fight Healthcare Ransomware with National HIT Safety Center

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With more covered entities becoming targets for their sensitive information - PII and PHI - it is essential that the necessary tools are put in place to prevent healthcare ransomware attacks. This is where a National Health IT Safety Center can...

Preparing Against Current Healthcare Cybersecurity Threats

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It’s hard to believe that anyone would think of anonymous hackers taking down websites and disrupting networks just for fun as the good old days, but in many ways they were. At least compared to today. This is especially true when it comes...

NIST Urges End of SMS Messaging in Two-Factor Authentication

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Using SMS messaging in two-factor authentication has the risk that information may be intercepted or redirected, and other alternatives should instead be considered, according to a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) draft guide....

Healthcare Ransomware Leads Other Industries by Large Margin

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As the healthcare industry continues to implement new technologies, there are more options for unauthorized third-party attackers to try and infiltrate networks in order to access sensitive data, such as patient PHI. However, a recent study shows...

Most Hospitals Consider EHR Security in Contingency Planning

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Nearly two-thirds of hospitals reported that EHR security is considered through their application of  HIPAA rules as they implement contingency planning, the Office of Inspector General found. Furthermore, when it comes to EHR contingency...

Assessing Vendor Risk for Stronger Health Data Security

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Whether a healthcare organization hires vendors to process customer payments, store HR data in the cloud or run the IT help desk, you extend your overall cyber risk environment to that of your third party providers. Too often, healthcare decision-makers...

Health Data Privacy Discussed in ONC Blockchain Proposal

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) submitted an “Ideation Challenge” proposal for the potential benefits of blockchain technology...

Use Staff Training to Improve Hospital Ransomware Procedures

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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...

Reps Push for Stronger Healthcare Ransomware Guidance

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) should consider healthcare ransomware attacks to be data breaches and continue to expand guidance on how providers react to ransomware, according to Representatives Ted Lieu and Will Hurd. The...

How Healthcare CISOs Can Conquer Data Security Challenges

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As the healthcare cybersecurity threats and data security challenges continue to evolve, CISOs must ensure that they remain educated on the best options for keeping sensitive data secure. However, CISOs need to also find the right balance between...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Measure Evasions Common in Entities

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Not only do healthcare cybersecurity measure workarounds often go unnoticed in organizations, but they are often taught to employees as the correct practice, according to a recent study by researchers at Dartmouth College, the University of Pennsylvania,...

Why Facilities Need to Understand Healthcare Cyber Liability

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No healthcare organization wants to experience a data breach, but there can often be unforeseen events that occur after a security incident. This is where healthcare cyber liability can come into play, but covered entities cannot assume that...

Preparing Against Current Healthcare Cybersecurity Threats

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As more healthcare ransomware cases are reported, it becomes even more apparent that organizations of all sizes can no longer assume that they will never be a target of a healthcare cybersecurity attack. Covered entities must ensure that they...

How FDA Medical Device Cybersecurity Draft Affects Healthcare

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It is no surprise that the healthcare industry is facing increasing cybersecurity threats, and the increase in connected devices is all the more reason why covered entities need to ensure that their medical device cybersecurity measures are current...

NIST Cybersecurity Framework Updates, Clarification Underway

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The NIST Cybersecurity Framework will receive a minor update, which will include updating the informative references, clarifying guidance for implementation tiers, and placement of cyber threat intelligence in the core, according to a recent...

Maintaining Health Data Privacy in HIEs, Data Exchange

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With the push for nationwide interoperability, more covered entities are beginning to look toward health data exchange options, and may even be considering connecting to an HIE. However, health data privacy must remain a top priority at all times,...

Secure Email Key in New DirectTrust Patients Program

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Last week DirectTrust launched its Partnership for Patients Program (P4PP), a new initiative that hopes to improve communication between patients and their providers, utilizing secure email to ensure that health information can be safely exchanged....

Understanding Web Application Security in Healthcare

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The modern healthcare environment has evolved to present new types of technology services, support new kinds of users, and deliver even better healthcare services. Cloud-facing applications and EHR systems are becoming the new normal as we support...

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