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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....

DHS Cyber Incident Response Plan Focuses on Infrastructure Risk

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The Department of Homeland Security released a refreshed version of its National Cyber Incident Response Plan (NCIRP), with a strong focus on how the US can react to cybersecurity threats to critical infrastructure. The NCIRP as previously published...

Protecting Your Healthcare Brand by Investing in Data Security

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The modern trends around digitization and cloud have absolutely catapulted cybersecurity into the forefront of concerns for healthcare admins and IT decision makers. A recent Ponemon study, analyzing the cost of data breaches, found that the...

FDA Finds Potential Cybersecurity Issues in St. Jude Devices

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Certain St. Jude Medical implantable cardiac devices were found to have cybersecurity issues, according to recent findings from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Pacemakers, defibrillators, and resynchronization devices help patients with...

NIST Releases Updated Draft Version of Cybersecurity Framework

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently released an updated draft version of its Cybersecurity Framework, with incorporated comments from the December 2015 Request for Information and comments from Cybersecurity Framework...

Anthem Data Breach Reportedly Caused by Foreign Nation Attack

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The large-scale cybersecurity attack on Anthem in 2015 that led to 78.8 million consumer records potentially being exposed in a data breach was caused by a foreign nation attacker, according to the California Department of Insurance. An investigation...

Healthcare Ransomware Attacks Fuel Protection Market Growth

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As healthcare continues to digitize medical records and increase its use of ePHI, it is also making it a larger target for ransomware attacks, according to recent research. The healthcare industry is also facing more ransomware attacks than any...

Mass. Launches Online Data Breach Notification Archive

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As part of the recently updated Massachusetts Public Records Law, the state’s Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation made its online Data Breach Notification Archive available to the public. Governor Charlie Baker signed the...

Cybersecurity Challenges Key Focus in Federal Appointment

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Last week, Thomas P. Bossert was appointed to serve as Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, and will advise the President-elect on cybersecurity challenges, homeland security, and counterterrorism. The role has...

ICIT Finds Healthcare Sector at Great Risk for DDoS Attacks

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With its high dependency on digital records, network connectivity, accessible information, and real-time communication, healthcare is one of the sectors at greatest risk for a DDoS attack, the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology...

What Should Entities Expect for Healthcare Security in 2017?

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We can spend the entirety of this article discussing all of the breaches, security holes, and data loss that happened within healthcare this year alone. There are plenty of examples around encryption, physical device loss, lost user accounts,...

FDA Finalizes Medical Device Cybersecurity Guidance

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An effective medical device cybersecurity risk management program needs to include premarket and postmarket lifecycle phases, according to recent guidance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Furthermore, cybersecurity should be addressed...

NIST Cybersecurity Guide Highlights Recovery, Restoration Plan

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Properly developing and implementing recovery plans, processes, and procedures will help organizations fully restore a system weakened during a cybersecurity event, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) explained in a recent...

DirectTrust Voices Concern for Cybersecurity in Healthcare

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The new administration needs to understand the importance of creating strong cybersecurity measures in healthcare, according to DirectTrust. Encryption, authentication, and identity management are all critical requirements to help policy and...

CHIME Notes Cybersecurity Challenge in MACRA Final Rule

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More attention must be given to the current cybersecurity challenge and the persistent lack of interoperability across the nation’s health system must also be addressed in the final MACRA rule, according to the College of Healthcare Information...

Study Finds Human Factor Key Area of Cybersecurity Risk

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A lack of cybersecurity staff members, a lack of employee training, and not enough boardroom prioritization are top contributions to cybersecurity risk, according to a recent study from the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and...

Cybersecurity Attacks Leading 2016 Data Breach Cause

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Data breaches in the healthcare industry are always a top concern for providers, business associates, vendors, and other stakeholders. With technology continuing to quickly evolve, security cannot be a secondary consideration. The majority of...

How FTC Ransomware Prevention Tips Can Apply to Healthcare

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When it comes to ransomware in healthcare, the ramifications can be especially devastating. Not only could providers potentially be locked out of their own EHR systems, but patient care could be hindered. Organizations should take note of ransomware...

Health IT Overconfident in Data Breach Detection, Remediation

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Being able to detect, react, and mitigate a data breach is essential for any healthcare organization. However, a recent Tripwire survey found that health IT professionals are in fact overconfident in their ability to collect the necessary data...

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