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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....

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...

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