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Attorneys Find Healthcare Cybersecurity Threats Increasing

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The majority of corporate healthcare attorneys have found that healthcare cybersecurity threats are increasing, and that they are being called upon more often to evaluate whether a security incident implicates reporting obligations. A survey...

Information Security Weaknesses in MN Health Insurance Exchange

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Minnesota recently implemented security controls across its health insurance exchange (MNsure), but there are still information security weaknesses that could affect PII security, according to the Office of Inspector General (OIG). Improvements...

Healthcare Ransomware Increasing, Education Sector Top Target

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The rate of ransomware attacks has increased in the past year, with healthcare ransomware coming in third place, according to a recent survey by BitSight. The top targeted industry was education, followed by government. The Rising Face of Cyber...

Are Business Associates Unprepared in Health Data Protection?

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Two-thirds of business associates are not prepared for the evolving health data protection measures, specifically in relation to HITRUST standards, according to a recent KPMG survey. KPMG surveyed 604 industry professionals, and only 17.4 percent...

Reviewing File Transfer Protocol Healthcare Cybersecurity Risks

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Preventing and detecting cryptocurrency mining malware are essential aspects to file transfer protocol (FTP) that covered entities and business associates need to consider when maintaining healthcare cybersecurity, the Office for Civil Rights...

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...

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