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Encouraging Collaboration for Improved Data Security Measures

October 18, 2017 - Malicious actors are not going to disappear anytime soon, meaning that healthcare organizations must remain vigilant in improving their data security measures. Collaboration and information sharing will play critical roles in strengthening healthcare cybersecurity, according to Kaleida Health CIO Cletis Earle. Based in western New York, Kaleida Health is a multi-hospital system with a collection...


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US-CERT Urges Updates to Counter Found WiFi Vulnerabilities

by Elizabeth Snell

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Regular Employee Training Essential in Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare cybersecurity threats are constantly evolving, forcing covered entities and business associates to subsequently adjust their privacy and security measures to keep PHI secure. A key aspect to data security though is regular employee...

HIMSS Calls for Secure Data Exchange, HHS Cybersecurity Role

by Elizabeth Snell

In two separate publications, HIMSS has stressed the need for nationwide secure data exchange and also maintained that healthcare must have “a champion at HHS encouraging stakeholders to be proactive and relentlessly vigilant about cybersecurity.”...

Partnership Stressed in IoMT Medical Device Cybersecurity Bill

by Elizabeth Snell

Two state representatives introduced a medical device cybersecurity bill this week that focuses on centralizing current and relevant frameworks, guidelines, and standards for Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) devices. There must be collaboration...

Education, Information Sharing Key in Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

Creating a strong culture of healthcare cybersecurity, including employee education, risk assessments, and information sharing are all essential aspects for healthcare organizations currently, according to industry stakeholders. Cook Children’s...

Medical Device Cybersecurity Focus of AEHIS, MDISS Collaboration

by Elizabeth Snell

Medical device cybersecurity education, best practices, advocacy, and information sharing are key objectives in the recently announced collaboration between the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security (AEHIS) and the Medical...

Creating a Culture of Data Privacy, Security in Healthcare

by Elizabeth Snell

Organizations of all sizes need to be working toward maintaining proper data privacy and security measures in the healthcare industry. The threat landscape is continuously evolving, and falling behind could lead to a large-scale data breach....

NIST CSF, Risk Management Key for Cybersecurity Improvements

by Elizabeth Snell

The NIST Cyberscurity Framework (CSF) can be implemented using the established NIST risk management process, which will help organizations across industries develop a more effective, efficient, and cost-effective risk management processes, according...

Alabama Medicaid Data Security, Information Security Can Improve

by Elizabeth Snell

Alabama's Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) had an adopted security program, but there were still potential vulnerabilities stemming from lacking Medicaid data security, according to a recent OIG investigation. “These...

HITRUST Urges Collaboration for Improved Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

HITRUST held its first Community Extension Program meeting last week at Tufts Medical Center in downtown Boston, talking challenges, best practices, and lessons learned in healthcare risk management programs. One of the overarching goals of the...

Using Threat Intelligence to Improve Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

While 84 percent of organizations consider threat intelligence “essential to a strong security posture,” entities admit that the large amount of threat data and a lack of staff expertise lower their threat program effectiveness, according...

Why Guidance is Critical for Strengthening Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare providers must adhere to HIPAA rules and required state regulation with regard to maintaining data security. But not all regulations are specific in how covered entities should approach healthcare cybersecurity in an evolving industry....

ICS-CERT Reports Medfusion Medical Device Vulnerabilities

by Elizabeth Snell

Recently discovered medical device vulnerabilities in infusion pumps could potentially allow a remote attacker to gain unauthorized access, affecting the pump’s intended operation, according to the Department of Homeland Security’s...

Medical Device Security Critical with FDA Interoperability Guide

by Elizabeth Snell

Safely and effectively exchanging and using data is the key focus of the recent FDA guide on medical device security and interoperability. FDA explained that Design Considerations and Pre-market Submission Recommendations for Interoperable Medical...

3 Tips to Ensure Healthcare Data Security in Evolving Environment

by Bill Kleyman

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by Elizabeth Snell

A recent firmware update was created in an effort to reduce potential harm from cybersecurity vulnerabilities in certain Abbott pacemakers. The FDA approved the update, saying patients and providers should discuss the firmware update at their...

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 Security...

Improve Healthcare Authentication with New NIST Guide

by Elizabeth Snell

NIST recently released updated digital identity guidelines for federal agencies looking to create a secure authentication process. While not designed for healthcare authentication specifically, the guidelines could help the industry ensure a...

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