Healthcare Information Security


Proposals Made for Improved State Data Breach Laws

November 8, 2017 - The large-scale Equifax data breach has pushed some states into creating more stringent state data breach laws, looking to close gaps in how sensitive consumer information is protected. The Vermont House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development will hold hearings to discuss data privacy and security issues, according to a press release.   “Representatives from the Attorney...

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HHS Urges Caution in Wake of WannaCry Ransomware Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

UPDATE: HHS released an additional update on May 15 with new details regarding the ransomware attack. Last week, multiple countries around the world reported falling victim to the WannaCry ransomware attack. Numerous hospitals and healthcare...

How AI Can Help Fight Healthcare Ransomware Threats

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare is facing more ransomware threats every day, and is a prime target for such attacks. However, the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT) explained in a recent paper that artificial intelligence could greatly aid organizations...

DHS Cyber Incident Response Plan Focuses on Infrastructure Risk

by Elizabeth Snell

The Department of Homeland Security released a refreshed version of its National Cyber Incident Response Plan (NCIRP), with a strong focus on how the US can react to cybersecurity threats to critical infrastructure. The NCIRP as previously published...

Study Finds Cyberthreat Data Overwhelming to Security Workers

by Elizabeth Snell

While more organizations are likely looking for the best options to combat evolving cybersecurity threats, a recent study found that the majority of security professionals are overwhelmed by the amount of cyberthreat data that they receive. An...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Task Force Seeks Industry Input

by Elizabeth Snell

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...

St. Jude Files Lawsuit Over Medical Device Security Claims

by Elizabeth Snell

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...

Committee Investigation Claims OPM Data Breach was Preventable

by Elizabeth Snell

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...

Cybersecurity Attacks Leading Large Health Data Breach Cause

by Elizabeth Snell

While the summer of 2016 is quickly coming to an end, covered entities and their business associates cannot ease up on their data security measures. If the past three months have been any indication, large health data breaches are not about to...

Health Data Security Not Compromised in Newkirk Data Breach

by Elizabeth Snell

A New York-based service provider that issues healthcare ID cards for health insurance plans recently announced that it experienced a data breach potentially compromising the information of 3.3 million plan members. Newkirk Products, Inc. explained...

Ransomware Attack Hits KY Hospital, Patient Files Encrypted

by Sara Heath

A Kentucky-based hospital has fallen victim to a ransomware attack, according to Jessica Gavin of WFIE. According to sources at Methodist Hospital, its servers were infected with the Locky ransomware virus, which copies all vital files, encrypts...

OIG Finds VA Fails to Meet FISMA, FITARA Health IT Security

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA), in its efforts to update its Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VISTA) EHR, has failed to meet several health IT security protocol that is a part of the Federal Information...

Avoiding a Reactive Approach in Federal Health Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

Federal healthcare data security measures need to be comprehensive and current, ensuring that agencies such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) can keep sensitive data secure. Being...

Why Healthcare Cybersecurity Should be Top Priority for Execs

by Jacqueline Belliveau

While healthcare cybersecurity is an increasing concern for covered entities, recent research shows that other industries should also potentially put a higher focus on cybersecurity threats. Seventy-five percent of cybersecurity professionals...

How EHNAC Hopes to ‘Raise the Bar’ in Health Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

LAS VEGAS –The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) has been accrediting electronic healthcare networks since 1995, and is no stranger to understanding the importance of health data security. With the increase...

Ponemon: Healthcare Cyber Attack Averages One Per Month

by Elizabeth Snell

LAS VEGAS - Healthcare cybersecurity must improve, as organizations average about one healthcare cyber attack per month, according to a recent Ponemon survey. In The State of Cybersecurity in Healthcare Organizations in 2016, Ponemon also found...

How Cybersecurity National Action Plan Affects Healthcare

by Elizabeth Snell

Earlier this week, President Barack Obama announced the implementation of the Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP) in an effort to further improve the nation’s approach to cybersecurity.   The long-term strategy is designed “to...

Majority of 2015 Healthcare Data Breaches Due to IT Hacking

by Sara Heath

This past year saw over one million patient health files breached through nearly 258 large-scale healthcare data breaches. According to Redspin’s recent Breach Report 2015: Protected Health Information (PHI), 98 percent of those breaches...

Brown Offers ‘Hands-On’ Approach to Cybersecurity Threats

by Elizabeth Snell

As cybersecurity threats continue to increase across all industries, including healthcare, it is essential that organizations take the time to implement comprehensive strategies to combat those threats. Brown University recently announced its...

More Hospitals Invest Spending in Healthcare Data Security

by Sara Heath

Hospitals are responding to healthcare data security threats, with nearly 29 percent of them targeting facility IT spending toward increased security, according to a recent IDC study. Over the course of the past year, healthcare data security...


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