Healthcare Information Security
  • Healthcare’s Dependence on Fax Machines Poses Risk to Health Data

    November 14, 2018 - While the healthcare sector has some of the most advanced technology available, it’s oft perplexing to discover that about 75 percent of all healthcare communications are still processed by the antiquated fax machine. Security researchers have long chastised its use for a wide range of privacy issues, such as faxes with personal data being sent to the wrong recipient. The risk...

  • VUMC Fights Healthcare Phishing with Multi-Factor Authentication

    November 13, 2018 - The healthcare sector has remained a primary target for phishing attacks in recent years, with highly targeted viruses like SamSam and Ryuk wreaking havoc on the industry. In fact, one in every hundred emails sent globally has malicious intent, according to FireEye researchers. Vanderbilt University Medical Center has not been spared from this onslaught. And in response, it’s...

  • FDA Needs Procedures for Recalls of Vulnerable Medical Devices

    November 5, 2018 - HHS OIG is recommending that the FDA establish and maintain procedures for handling recalls of vulnerable medical devices that can be exploited by attackers or other unauthorized users. In addition, OIG advises the FDA to establish written procedures and practices for securely sharing sensitive information about cybersecurity events with key stakeholders who have a “need to...

  • Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities Lurk in Brain Stimulation Devices

    November 1, 2018 - Neurostimulators have cybersecurity vulnerabilities that could be exploited by hackers to get access to the devices, manipulate them, and steal data transmitted by them. This was the conclusion of a report prepared by security firm Kaspersky Lab and the University of Oxford and released this week. The researchers even go so far as to warn that hackers might be able to steal memories...


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AMIA Calls for Federal Alignment of Health Data Privacy Policies

The American Medical Informatics Association is calling on the Trump Administration to better align data privacy policies from both the health and consumer sectors. In a letter to the National Telecommunications and Information...

Hospital Leaders Feel Underprepared for Cybersecurity Threats

About 75 percent of providers and 62 percent of administrators feel underprepared to face cybersecurity risks, due to staffing, training, and awareness, according to a new report from medical device manufacturer Abbott and the Chertoff...

Homeland Security Gains Cybersecurity Agency with New Legislation

The House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation on Monday, establishing the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency with the Department of Homeland Security. The Senate passed the bill in October, and it now heads to...

Ransomware Attack on May Eye Care Breaches 30K Patient Records

Pennsylvania-based May Eye Care Center and Associates reported a breach of 30,000 patient records after falling victim to a ransomware attack on July 29. The ransomware infected May Eye Care’s server, compromising its electronic...

Healthcare’s Dependence on Fax Machines Poses Risk to Health Data

While the healthcare sector has some of the most advanced technology available, it’s oft perplexing to discover that about 75 percent of all healthcare communications are still processed by the antiquated fax machine. Security...

UK NHS Releases Guidance on Instant Messaging Apps in Healthcare

The United Kingdom National Health Service released new instant messaging guidelines for clinicians in the acute care setting, including privacy policies for sharing patient data. The guidance follows a damning CommonTime report that...

VUMC Fights Healthcare Phishing with Multi-Factor Authentication

The healthcare sector has remained a primary target for phishing attacks in recent years, with highly targeted viruses like SamSam and Ryuk wreaking havoc on the industry. In fact, one in every hundred emails sent globally has malicious...

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