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Utilizing Holistic Cybersecurity Measures Against Evolving Threats

March 22, 2018 - It is essential for healthcare providers to evolve their cybersecurity program to stay ahead of evolving threats, utilizing holistic cybersecurity measures that focus on prevention, detection, and response. That was the focus of a HIMSS18 education session led by University Florida Health IT Security Manager Craig Gorme and University Florida Health Enterprise Analyst Jason Noll. In A Holistic...

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Federal Cybersecurity Program Funding Urged in Letter to Congress

by Elizabeth Snell

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) federal cybersecurity program will greatly benefit from increased funding in Fiscal Year 2019, according to a trio of lawmakers. Reps. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) and Will...

Improving Cybersecurity Response in Healthcare Organizations

by Elizabeth Snell

Organizations must have the right staff members in place who are properly trained, and also have appropriate technical tools to ensure that a proper cybersecurity response can occur following a data security incident. Healthcare entities in particular...

NH-ISAC, Anomali Partner to Improve Secure Healthcare Data Sharing

by Elizabeth Snell

Having a more seamless secure healthcare data sharing process is at the driving factor behind the National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center (NH-ISAC) and Anomali recently partnering together. The organizations want to...

Stronger Healthcare Cyber Hygiene Can Improve Patient Safety

by Elizabeth Snell

HHS’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) should create an exemption allowing donations of training/education services, software, and technology to improve healthcare cyber hygiene, according to the Association for Executives in Healthcare...

Insufficient Staffing, Education Hinders Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

Hospitals and payer organizations could make major strides in improving their healthcare cybersecurity measures by hiring the right staff members and by implementing comprehensive employee education and training, according to a Merlin International...

Focusing on Healthcare Data Privacy with Information Governance

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare data privacy and security is one of the top industry challenges, but a comprehensive and holistic information governance (IG) program can be essential in overcoming it. Information governance is not often considered with cybersecurity,...

Healthcare Ransomware, Data Breaches Represent Top Industry Threats

by Elizabeth Snell

For the second straight year, healthcare data breaches were cited as a top threat to the industry, according to the annual HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey. Healthcare ransomware and malware that steals credentials are also key worry areas for information...

Healthcare Risk Assessments Key Driver for Security Investments

by Elizabeth Snell

More providers are adopting cybersecurity frameworks and prioritizing risk assessment, according to the third annual Symantec and HIMSS Analytics HIT Security and Risk Management Study. However, organizations are still underinvesting in cybersecurity,...

Hospitals Continue to Value Healthcare Cybersecurity, Patient Safety

by Elizabeth Snell

Vendor and healthcare leadership teams have differing IT priorities for 2018, according to the 2018 HIMSS U.S. Leadership and Workforce Survey. Hospitals are honing in on healthcare cybersecurity and data privacy needs, while vendors continue...

Weak Healthcare Cybersecurity Employee Training Affects IT Security

by Elizabeth Snell

Covered entities must ensure that staff members at all levels receive regular and comprehensive healthcare cybersecurity employee training. This is a HIPAA requirement but is also critical to keeping the workforce up to date on evolving IT security...

58% of Healthcare PHI Data Breaches Caused by Insiders

by Elizabeth Snell

Reducing paper-based PHI and establishing a holistic risk management program are critical ways organizations can work toward healthcare PHI data breach prevention, according to Verizon research. Healthcare is the only industry where insider threats...

OCR Highlights 8 Tips for Avoiding Healthcare Phishing Attacks

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare phishing attacks are becoming more sophisticated, which is why organizations must remain vigilant in their detection measures, OCR explained in its recent cybersecurity newsletter. Hackers can take advantage of popular holidays to...

Nebraska Data Breach Notification Bill Passes Unanimously

by Elizabeth Snell

Individuals or commercial entities that hold Nebraska residents’ personal information must implement and maintain reasonable security procedures, according to a recently passed data breach notification bill. The Nebraska legislature passed...

Healthcare Blockchain Key Component for Trusted Data Exchange

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare blockchain is quickly becoming a hot topic in the industry, but data privacy and security and how data will be properly utilized are key concerns for the technology. Blockchain could play a key role though in the future of healthcare...

Healthcare Data Privacy, Security Knowledge in IG Can Improve

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare data privacy and security plays a key role in information governance (IG) but recent research indicates that healthcare organizations need to work harder on ensuring employees understand that. More healthcare professionals are familiar...

Avoiding 5 Common Healthcare Data Security Holes in 2018

by Bill Kleyman

Healthcare data security is an ever-evolving engine, oftentimes struggling to keep up with the demands of the digital world. However, as fast as healthcare IT keeps moving forward, security must absolutely be at the forefront. Breaches are becoming...

HIMSS18 Focusing on Holistic Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare IT privacy and security professionals will soon be flocking to Las Vegas for the 2018 HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition (HIMSS18). Starting on March 5, healthcare stakeholders will work their way around the Venetian Palazzo Sands...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Threats Hinder HIT Development

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations across the globe are working to adopt and deploy EHRs without opening themselves up to interoperability issues, healthcare cybersecurity threats, and HIT infrastructure problems, according to a recent Black Book survey....

Health IoT Security Top Connected Technology Application Area

by Elizabeth Snell

Policymakers, managers, and standards participants need to be properly informed and enabled to develop and use cybersecurity standards in IoT components, systems, and services, according to a NIST workgroup. Health IoT security and four other...


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