Healthcare Information Security
  • Applying Inogen Data Breach Lessons to Healthcare Providers

    April 18, 2018 - The recent Inogen data breach, in which hackers were able to penetrate an employee’s email account, highlights the need for healthcare organizations to use multifactor authentication (MFA) to control access and to get robust cyber insurance if they don’t already have it. Inogen, a Goleta, California-based supplier of portable oxygen concentrators, admitted in a recent filing...

  • SamSam Ransomware Attackers Target Healthcare Providers

    April 12, 2018 - So far this year, there have been at least eight cyberattacks on healthcare and government organizations employing the SamSam ransomware, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said in a report released March 30. SamSam ransomware attacks have occurred at Indiana-based Hancock Health Hospital and Adams Memorial Hospital, cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) provider Allscripts,...

  • How EU Data Privacy Rule Could Impact US Healthcare Providers

    April 9, 2018 - US healthcare organizations that handle personal information of EU individuals will face stricter regulatory requirements and possibly hefty fines under the EU’s new data privacy rule set to take effect May 25, 2018. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) applies not only to EU organizations, but any organizations regardless of location that hold and process personal data of individuals...

  • Creating Strong Healthcare Data Security, Positive User Experience

    April 4, 2018 - I was working with a healthcare organization recently and were discussing some new data security initiatives around remote, mobile, and local users. We had a few teams in the room with us. The end-user compute (EUC) team focused on application and desktop delivery, the network team focused on the wired/wireless aspects of the architecture, and the security team was all about keeping data and...


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Medical Device Security Should Be Focus for Healthcare Providers

While ransomware attacks on hospitals have caught the headlines, medical device security and supply chain risk should be of greater concern to healthcare providers, according to a recent report by Trend Micro and HITRUST entitled Securing Connected...

Healthcare Data Breaches Now Covered by Arizona Law

Arizona is now including healthcare data breaches in its data breach notification law. Under legislation introduced in January and signed into law by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey earlier this month, information about an individual's medical...

HIPAA Compliance Gap Between Compliance Officers, Regulators

There is a large gap between the priorities of healthcare compliance officers and regulators when it comes to HIPAA compliance, according to a survey of 388 healthcare organizations by SAI Global and Strategic Management Services. Healthcare...

Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities Could Expose PHI in Heart Device

Attackers with physical access to the Biosense Webster CARTO 3 version 4 (V4) heart imaging device could exploit cybersecurity vulnerabilities in the operating system to access protected health information (PHI) stored on the device, warned the...

Reducing Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities Part of FDA Action Plan

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is asking Congress for additional authority and funding to expand its efforts to improve medical device safety, including reducing cybersecurity vulnerabilities in devices, said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb...

Blue Shield of California Reports PHI Data Breach

Blue Shield of California admitted to a PHI data breach involving an insurance broker who was not authorized to receive patient information, according to a breach notification submitted to the California Attorney General’s Office. ...

FDA Warns of Cybersecurity Vulnerability in Defibrillators

Hackers could exploit a cybersecurity vulnerability in implantable cardiac defibrillators made by Abbott Laboratories (formerly St. Jude Medical) and endanger patient safety, according to a safety communication from the Food and Drug Administration...

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