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Key Ransomware Prevention Measures in Recent Executive Order

June 22, 2017 - An executive order signed by the president in May 2017 has important guidelines and priorities organizations can follow to improve their cybersecurity, including instilling stronger ransomware prevention, according to a blog post by UC Berkeley employees. Faculty Director of the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity and UC Berkeley School of Information Professor Steven Weber and UC Berkeley...


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Healthcare Cybersecurity Measures Must Evolve for Success

by Elizabeth Snell

The cybersecurity skills gap is affecting numerous industries. However, healthcare cybersecurity measures truly cannot afford to fall behind, according to ISACA Board Director Rob Clyde. Citing data from the recent ISACA State of Cyber Security...

Overcoming the Healthcare Cybersecurity Workforce Shortage

by Elizabeth Snell

Having a well-trained healthcare cybersecurity workforce is critical for covered entities, especially as organizations continue to implement new technologies. However, a recent (ISC)²  report found that there is an increasing cybersecurity...

HHS: Microsoft Vulnerabilities Impact Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

The HHS Healthcare Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (HCCIC) recently warned the healthcare sector of potential healthcare cybersecurity issues stemming from reported Microsoft vulnerabilities. Both Microsoft and the Department...

Regular Data Backups Key in Ransomware Prevention, Response

by Elizabeth Snell

Regular system backups and verification is the most effective approach in ransomware prevention and response, according to the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University. Backups need to be stored on separate systems that...

Healthcare Email Security Needs Drastic Improvement

by Elizabeth Snell

The majority of the largest US public hospitals are not utilizing enough protections on healthcare email security, according to a recent Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) survey. At least 22 of the top 48 for-profit hospitals in the nation have deployed...

OCR Highlights Proper Healthcare Cyberattack Response

by Elizabeth Snell

HIPAA covered entities and business associates must know the necessary steps to take following a healthcare cyberattack. Failing to either notify overseeing agencies or properly alert patients could lead to numerous issues for an organization....

Healthcare Cybersecurity Task Force Finds 6 Imperative Areas

by Elizabeth Snell

Evolving healthcare cybersecurity threats are posing even greater risks to the industry, which is why the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force published a report to “address the growing challenge posed by cyberattacks.” These...

Security Patches Critical in Ransomware Prevention Measures

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations can take protective actions in their approach to ransomware prevention, such as implementing regular software updates and security patches, according to the ECRI Institute. There are also critical differences in protecting...

Utilizing Strong Cyber Hygiene for Ransomware Preparation

by Elizabeth Snell

The WannaCry ransomware attack was a wakeup call for healthcare organizations across the globe, especially with the UK’s National Health Service being severely impacted from the attack. This is further proof why strong cyber hygiene is...

Implementing Executive Level Healthcare Cybersecurity Training

by Elizabeth Snell

Employees at all levels should have a thorough healthcare cybersecurity training experience, especially as the potential threat factors continue to evolve. It takes just one inadvertent click from a malicious email for a health system to be compromised...

Recent Executive Order to Strengthen Federal Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

Improving federal cybersecurity, specifically in the nation’s networks and infrastructure settings, is the key focus in a recent executive order President Trump signed earlier this week. Federal network cybersecurity must be improved in...

67% of Security Teams Say Insiders Top Data Security Threat

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations must ensure that they carefully monitor who is able to access sensitive information, as potential data security threats can occur from either insiders or third-parties. While working with trusted vendors or business associates...

HHS Creating Own NCCIC for Improved Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

HHS plans to create its own version of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) in an effort to create stronger healthcare cybersecurity, according to a Federal News Radio report. HHS Chief Information Security...

House Committee Passes NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act

by Elizabeth Snell

The US House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology passed the NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act of 2017 earlier this week in an effort to ensure that small businesses are given necessary resources to reduce their risk for cybersecurity...

NCCIC Cautions Multiple Sectors of Recent Malware Threats

by Elizabeth Snell

Sophisticated malware threats that appear to be leveraging stolen administrative credentials may affect numerous industries, including healthcare, according to a recent National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) warning....

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 increasing...

Verizon Finds Phishing Attacks, Malware Top Data Breach Causes

by Elizabeth Snell

Increased propriety research, prototypes, and amounts of confidential personal data have all helped fuel cyberespionage attacks, such as phishing attacks, according to a recent Verizon report. There was also a 50 percent increase in ransomware...

Employee Healthcare Data Security Awareness Top Industry Threat

by Elizabeth Snell

Approximately 80 percent of surveyed health IT executives and professionals report that employee security awareness is their greatest concern regarding healthcare data security. The 2017 Level 3 Healthcare Security Study was conducted...

HIMSS Urges Holistic Approach in NIST Cybersecurity Framework

by Elizabeth Snell

Having a holistic approach to healthcare cybersecurity is essential in the industry, but there is a lack of alignment between the people, processes, and technology, according to HIMSS. That lack of alignment often creates difficulty for healthcare...

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