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CHIME Says Healthcare Cybersecurity Should Be Innovation Focus

July 10, 2018 - Healthcare cybersecurity should be one focus area of a public-private workgroup that HHS is suggesting to examine healthcare innovation and investment, argued the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) in its comments on the proposed group. In June, HHS asked for public comments on its planned initiative to develop a workgroup between HHS leadership and...


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Top 10 Cybersecurity Best Practices for Healthcare CISOs

by Fred Donovan

Faced with an onslaught of threats these days, healthcare chief information security officers (CISOs) need to take a deep breath and focus on cybersecurity best practices. The number and frequency of these threats—ransomware,...

Ransomware Attack Worries Healthcare IT Pros the Most

by Fred Donovan

A ransomware attack is the type of cyberattack that most worries healthcare IT professionals, according to a survey of 102 HIMSS18 attendees by security firm Imperva. Almost 10 percent of those surveyed had paid a ransom or extortion fee,...

Insufficient Staffing, Education Hinders Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

Hospitals and payer organizations could make major strides in improving their healthcare cybersecurity measures by hiring the right staff members and by implementing comprehensive employee education and training, according to a Merlin...

Focusing on Healthcare Data Privacy with Information Governance

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare data privacy and security is one of the top industry challenges, but a comprehensive and holistic information governance (IG) program can be essential in overcoming it. Information governance is not often considered with...

Healthcare Risk Assessments Key Driver for Security Investments

by Elizabeth Snell

More providers are adopting cybersecurity frameworks and prioritizing risk assessment, according to the third annual Symantec and HIMSS Analytics HIT Security and Risk Management Study. However, organizations are still underinvesting in...

Hospitals Continue to Value Healthcare Cybersecurity, Patient Safety

by Elizabeth Snell

Vendor and healthcare leadership teams have differing IT priorities for 2018, according to the 2018 HIMSS U.S. Leadership and Workforce Survey. Hospitals are honing in on healthcare cybersecurity and data privacy needs, while vendors...

67% of CISOs Believe a Cybersecurity Attack Will Happen in 2018

by Elizabeth Snell

CISOs are increasingly concerned about the likelihood of falling victim to a cybersecurity attack, with 67 percent reporting that they think their organization will face that type of data breach in 2018, according to a recent...

Are Orgs Filling Necessary Healthcare Cybersecurity Roles?

by Elizabeth Snell

Without the right healthcare cybersecurity roles being filled at covered entities, it can be more difficult for organizations to ensure that sensitive data remains secure. Along with CISOs, privacy officers, and compliance officers,...

HHS Cybersecurity Measures Center of Recent Legislation

by Elizabeth Snell

Two House Energy and Commerce Committee members reintroduced legislation to address HHS cybersecurity measures, helping the agency better establish its role as an authority in facing current cybersecurity challenges. Rep. Billy Long...

HIMSS Stresses Proactive Healthcare Cybersecurity Measures

by Elizabeth Snell

Regular risk assessments, updating business continuity plans, and implementing a cybersecurity framework are all key ways for providers to follow a proactive healthcare cybersecurity approach, according to HIMSS Director of Privacy and...

Focusing on Employee Training for Stronger Health IT Security

by Elizabeth Snell

The American Hospital Association’s Hospital & Health Networks (H&HN) Most Wired rankings were released earlier this summer, and showed that providers are making great strides in their health IT security. Providers...

Addressing the Cybersecurity Skills Gap with Improved Training

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare is one of many industries struggling with a cybersecurity skills gap, working to ensure that the right individuals are put into positions where they can adequately manage the increasing threats. Being able to address that...

How Cybersecurity Affects the Evolving Healthcare CISO Role

by Elizabeth Snell

The healthcare C-suite continues to evolve, along with the increasingly complex cybersecurity threats. Healthcare CISOs must now have knowledge in many areas, and understand just how far data breach repercussions can go.  The Chief...

Why Healthcare Cybersecurity is a Risk Management Issue

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations are slowly working to increase their healthcare cybersecurity governance, staffing, and budgetary resources, but there is still room for improvement, according to a recent study. The second annual HIMSS Analytics...

Working to Overcome the Cybersecurity Skills Gap in Healthcare

by Elizabeth Snell

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,...

Prioritizing Data Privacy, Security in the Healthcare C-Suite

by Elizabeth Snell

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...

Cybersecurity Challenges Key Focus in Federal Appointment

by Elizabeth Snell

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...

New Federal CISO Set to Bolster National Cybersecurity Measures

by Elizabeth Snell

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...

How to Build a Strong Healthcare Information Security Team

by Elizabeth Snell

With cybersecurity threats seemingly evolving each day, healthcare providers can no longer afford to have incomplete approaches to data security. Having a comprehensive and well-trained healthcare information security team will be a key...

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