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Risk Posed By 3rd-Party Services Is Big Healthcare Security Worry

October 16, 2018 - BOSTON—Security risks posed by integration of third-party patient services will be an ongoing healthcare security concern for organizations, commented Johns Hopkins University and Medicine CISO Darren Lacey during a panel discussion at HIMSS Healthcare Security Forum being held here Oct. 15-16. “Third-party issues are going to a problem for a long time, especially as...


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Security Leaders Will Need to Protect Patient Privacy at Home

by Fred Donovan

BOSTON – Healthcare security leaders need to think beyond protecting the organization to protecting patient privacy and data security at home in the coming years, observed Christiana Care Health System CISO Anahi Santiago. “At...

FDA Warns of Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities in CareLink Programmers

by Fred Donovan

The FDA has issued a medical device safety alert about cybersecurity vulnerabilities in Medtronic’s CareLink programmers that could enable an attacker to change the functionality of the programmer or the implanted pacemaker it...

Aetna Reaches Settlements with State AGs Over HIPAA Violations

by Fred Donovan

Health insurer Aetna has reached settlements with a number of state attorney generals over HIPAA violations resulting from mailings to HIV/AIDS and cardiac patients, the New Jersey attorney general announced Oct. 10. The three states and...

‘Payment Notification’ Is Top Healthcare Phishing Attack Subject

by Fred Donovan

The term “Payment Notification” is the top healthcare phishing attack subject, appearing in 58 percent of healthcare phishing attack campaigns in 2018, according to the latest data from Cofense. Other popular subjects in...

OIG Forms Team to Protect HHS, Boost Cybersecurity Best Practices

by Fred Donovan

The HHS OIG has formed a multidisciplinary cybersecurity team composed of auditors, evaluators, investigators, and attorneys from various HHS agencies to help protect department data and systems and foster cybersecurity best practices...

Same Cybersecurity Vulnerability Uncovered in Different Devices

by Fred Donovan

Security researcher Dan Regalado at Zingbox uncovered the same cybersecurity vulnerability — information exposure through an error message — in two medical devices made by different manufacturers. Regalado then notified the...

California Court Denies Motion to Dismiss Health Data Breach Suit

by Fred Donovan

The California Superior Court has denied a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit against A.J. Boggs & Company for a health data breach that exposed confidential medical records of 93 individuals with HIV, Lambda Legal, who is...

Healthcare IT Execs Lack Confidence in Medical Device Security

by Fred Donovan

More than 60 percent of healthcare IT executives lack confidence that their current medical device security strategy protects patient safety and prevents disruptions in care. The survey found that only 39 percent of respondents were...

Healthcare Data Security Threatened by APTs Targeting MSPs

by Fred Donovan

Advanced persistent threats (APTs) are targeting managed service providers’ networks, endangering healthcare data security and data security in other US critical infrastructure sectors, warned the National Cybersecurity and...

PHI Data Security of 19,000 Toyota Employees at Risk

by Fred Donovan

Toyota Industries North America announced Sept. 28 that a data breach involving 19,000 current and former employees and health plan participants may have put PHI data security at risk.   Toyota said it discovered on Aug. 30 that an...

Remote Access System Hacking Is No. 1 Patient Safety Risk

by Fred Donovan

Hackers attacking healthcare through remote access systems and disrupting operations is the number one patient safety risk, according to the ECRI Institute’s annual Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2019. ECRI Institute said it...

HPH SCC Set To Issue Cybersecurity Best Practices for Healthcare

by Fred Donovan

The Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council (HPH SCC) soon plans to release voluntary cybersecurity best practices for medical device manufacturers and healthcare providers, the groups announced Oct. 1 on the kickoff...

Partnership Uses Blockchain Technology To Secure Fertility Data

by Fred Donovan

A partnership between Donor Concierge and ALTR will use blockchain technology to secure health data and patient privacy for FRTYL, a service that links fertility agencies and clinics with parents seeking infertility...

FDA Unveils MITRE’s Medical Device Security Playbook

by Fred Donovan

The FDA released Oct. 1 a medical device security playbook it developed with MITRE to advise healthcare organizations on securing their medical equipment.  The playbook is intended to enable healthcare organizations plan for and...

NIST Warns About Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities in Healthcare IoT

by Fred Donovan

NIST has issued a draft report examining the cybersecurity vulnerabilities and privacy risks posed by Internet of Things (IoT) devices, including healthcare IoT.  “Many organizations are not necessarily aware they are using a...

FDA’s Cybersecurity Unit Would Set Up CyberMed Safety Board

by Fred Donovan

The FDA’s proposed cybersecurity unit would help establish the public-private CyberMed Safety Board mentioned in the FDA's medical device safety action plan issued in April, FDA spokeswoman Stephanie Caccomo recently told...

VON Canada Recovers from Devastating Ransomware Attack

by Fred Donovan

Home-based healthcare organization VON Canada is recovering from a ransomware attack that shutdown all its computers systems, forcing it to revert to manual operations for scheduling care and exchanging patient information. VON Canada...

Hacker Steals 124 PHI-Laden Emails in Aspire Phishing Attack

by Fred Donovan

Aspire Health, a Nashville-based in-home healthcare provider, suffered a phishing attack on Sept. 3 in which a hacker gained access to its internal email system earlier this month, according to court documents cited by...

MGH Study Finds Major Increase in US Healthcare Data Breaches

by Fred Donovan

Since 2010, the total number of healthcare data breaches has increased steadily every year — except in 2015 — from 199 in 2010 to 344 in 2017, according to an analysis of US health care data conducted by two Massachusetts...

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