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AI, IoT, Medical Devices Top Health Cybersecurity Predictions for 2019

December 13, 2018 - Cybersecurity continued to be a struggle for many in the healthcare sector this year, with several massive breaches, successful targeted phishing campaigns, and security events caused by human error. While providers struggled with the basics, like email errors and a lack of encryption, hackers have pummeled the sector with increasingly sophisticated attack methods. Protenus won’t...


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Reduce Employee Email Risk by Taking Decisions Away from Users

by Jessica Davis

Employees and human error often top the list as the healthcare sector’s biggest threat. Considering they are the catalyst for clicking malicious links, engaging with targeted phishing campaigns and mistakenly sending emails to the...

How to Build a Balanced Healthcare Cybersecurity Budget

by Jessica Davis

The majority of healthcare security stakeholders agree that cybersecurity budgets are underfunded. And frankly, health organizations aren’t keeping pace with hackers who are continuously improving in sophistication. Data security...

NIST Seeks Comment on Remote Monitoring, Telehealth Cybersecurity

by Jessica Davis

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence at NIST is seeking industry feedback on a draft paper that outlines how to best secure remote monitoring devices and systems for telehealth providers. As many healthcare delivery...

Building a Secure Vendor Relationship with Inventory, Management

by Jessica Davis

The healthcare sector has been a primary target of hackers for more than a year, and the attacks continue to increase in sophistication. While many providers have adjusted their security posture in attempt to shore up some of these...

Hospital Leaders Feel Underprepared for Cybersecurity Threats

by Jessica Davis

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...

VUMC Fights Healthcare Phishing with Multi-Factor Authentication

by Jessica Davis

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...

OCR Recommends Healthcare Cybersecurity Best Practices

by Fred Donovan

As National Cybersecurity Awareness Month draws to a close, OCR is recommending healthcare cybersecurity best practices to prevent cyberattacks from succeeding and lessening their impact if they do succeed. “Because ePHI...

Only 29% of Healthcare Entities Have Full Cybersecurity Program

by Fred Donovan

Only 29 percent of healthcare organizations report having a comprehensive cybersecurity program in place, according to the 2018 CHIME HealthCare’s Most Wired survey released this week. Among those organizations that don’t have...

HHS Opens Healthcare Cybersecurity Center To Aid Private Sector

by Fred Donovan

HHS has opened its Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center (HC3), which will be a healthcare cybersecurity threat analysis and incident response partner to the private sector. HC3 replaces the Healthcare Cybersecurity and...

Server Configuration Is Top Healthcare Software Vulnerability

by Fred Donovan

Server configuration is the top healthcare software vulnerability, followed by information leakage and cryptographic issues, according to Veracode’s State of Software Security (SOSS) study. Other top vulnerabilities for...

CISOs Need to Be Both Healthcare IT Security and Business Experts

by Fred Donovan

CISOs need to be business experts as well as healthcare IT security experts, observed University of Chicago Medicine VP and CIO Heather Nelson during her Oct. 19 keynote address at the Safeguarding Health Information: Building Assurance...

Healthcare Organizations Struggle with Vendor IT Security Risks

by Fred Donovan

BOSTON – Healthcare organizations have a range of approaches for assessing and managing the IT security risks posed by third-party vendors, one of the biggest sources of frustration for security teams. St. Luke’s Health System...

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...

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...

Healthcare Workers Uninformed About Cybersecurity Best Practices

by Fred Donovan

Forty percent of healthcare workers would allow a colleague to use their work computer, displaying a disturbing lack of knowledge about cybersecurity best practices. Surprisingly, healthcare workers performed better than government...

NIST Cybersecurity Framework To Get Privacy Framework Companion

by Fred Donovan

NIST is launching a collaborative privacy framework initiative as a complement to the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, the agency announced Sept. 4. The privacy framework would provide voluntary guidelines for protecting privacy in an era of...

CISOs Unite To Improve IT Security in Healthcare Supply Chain

by Fred Donovan

Healthcare CISOs have set up a council to develop, recommend, and promote security best practices to bolster IT security throughout the healthcare supply chain. Founding members of the Provider Third Party Risk Management Council include...

For ASCs, Size Matters When It Comes to Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Fred Donovan

For ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), healthcare cybersecurity challenges and responses are different depending on the size of the operation, observed Tom Hui, founder of SurgiCenter Information Systems and CEO of HSTpathways. Hui noted...

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