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HHS Cybersecurity Measures Center of Recent Legislation

by Elizabeth Snell

Two House Energy and Commerce Committee members reintroduced legislation to address HHS cybersecurity measures, helping the agency better establish its role as an authority in facing current cybersecurity challenges. Rep. Billy Long...

EHNAC: Risk Assessments, IoT Security Crucial in Attack Mitigation

by Elizabeth Snell

Hospitals and healthcare organizations need to keep a strong focus on their risk management and risk assessment process and ensure that any third parties or business associates also have proper security and IT risk management...

Utilizing People, Process, and Technology in Health Data Security

by Bill Kleyman

Healthcare organizations are spending a lot of money on their security strategies. And yet we still see large numbers of breaches, data loss, and health data security incidents. To combat this, healthcare continues to invest in security...

What Are Basic, Essential Healthcare Cybersecurity Measures?

by Elizabeth Snell

With October being National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCAM), OCR highlighted top healthcare cybersecurity measures that all covered entities and business associates should keep in mind. NCAM is an ideal time for organizations to...

Healthcare Identity, Access Management Center of Imprivata Deal

by Elizabeth Snell

Imprivata recently acquired the Identity and Access Management Business of Caradigm, according to a press release. The move should help healthcare identity and access management specifically, with a focus on reducing security risks and...

Data Security Key Focus in HIMSS Healthcare Blockchain Group

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare blockchain could greatly impact the industry, especially as it will help patients own and gather their own data. However, data security and other key areas cannot be overlooked, explained the HIMSS Blockchain Work Group. The...

State Rep Presses Nuance on NotPetya Malware Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

More details on the June 27, 2017 NotPetya malware attack that affected Nuance should be released, according to a letter from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The healthcare industry can greatly benefit from learning about the...

How an HIE Aided in Recovery from a Ransomware Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

When a ransomware attack hits a healthcare provider, it can obviously be financially devastating, but it could also interfere with patient care. Physicians might be unable to access health records, for example, which could bring legitimate...

Why Open Source Security Matters for Healthcare Orgs

by Elizabeth Snell

Open source software can help healthcare organizations remain flexible as they adopt new IT solutions, but if entities lack open source security measures it can lead to larger cybersecurity issues. A recent survey found that organizations...

Encouraging Collaboration for Improved Data Security Measures

by Elizabeth Snell

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...

US-CERT Urges Updates to Counter Found WiFi Vulnerabilities

by Elizabeth Snell

WiFi Protected Access II (WPA2) handshake traffic could potentially be manipulated by attackers within range of vulnerable devices, according to recent research. The WiFi vulnerabilities could lead to malicious users gaining access to...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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