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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...

Medical Device Cybersecurity Top Challenge to IoT Ecosystem

by Elizabeth Snell

Individuals working in the Internet of Things (IoT) connected medical device ecosystem are most concerned with potential medical device cybersecurity issues, according to a recent Deloitte poll. Nearly one-third of respondents –...

How HHS’ HCCIC Will Improve Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

HHS’ Healthcare Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (HCCIC) is a critical step toward improving healthcare cybersecurity and will also augment the Department of Homeland Security’s own National Cybersecurity and...

NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework Focuses on Education

by Elizabeth Snell

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) released a Cybersecurity Workforce Framework to help organizations in various sectors educate and train staff members in needed cybersecurity measures. Entities will also have...

HIMSS: Medical Device Security, Data Breaches Top Concerns

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare security professionals are mainly concerned with medical device security, patient safety, and data breaches, according to the 2017 HIMSS Cybersecurity survey. More healthcare organizations are working toward their cybersecurity...

DHS, Siemens Warn of Potential Medical Device Vulnerabilities

by Elizabeth Snell

Possible medical device vulnerabilities, specifically within medical imaging products, have been identified, according to an advisory from the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency...

OPM Data Breach Controls Improved, Further Action Required

by Elizabeth Snell

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has made improvements in its data security, but a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report still outlined several areas where OPM data breach controls can be strengthened. The 2015 OPM data...

HITRUST, Trend Micro Set to Improve Cyber Threat Management

by Elizabeth Snell

HITRUST and Trend Micro have partnered together in an effort to further advance cyber threat information sharing and the cyber threat management process, according to a HITRUST release. The HITRUST Cyber Threat Management and Response...

Medical Device Cybersecurity Act Draws Industry Support

by Elizabeth Snell

Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal introduced medical device cybersecurity legislation last week in an effort to better protect sensitive patient information and to create stronger cybersecurity protections for connected devices. The...

OCR Stresses Employee Training Need in PHI Security

by Elizabeth Snell

The need for strong employee training only increases as the healthcare risk landscape grows and threatens PHI security, according to the recent OCR cybersecurity newsletter. Data security training is necessary for combatting threats such...

Why Healthcare Cybersecurity Budgets Should Increase

by Elizabeth Snell

As HIPAA data breaches continue to be reported, it would make sense that healthcare cybersecurity budgets increase as necessary to ensure that organizations are prepared for potential attacks. Making investments in technological...

Healthcare Risk Management Key Area in New HITRUST Program

by Elizabeth Snell

A Community Extension Program designed to aid healthcare organizations discuss challenges, best practices, and lessons learned in healthcare risk management programs will soon be launched nationwide, according to HITRUST. The program will...

Best Practices for Preventing Phishing Attacks, Data Breaches

by Elizabeth Snell

The Anthem data breach from 2015 was a wakeup call for numerous industries, but especially healthcare, showing that phishing attacks can have far reaching effects. A $115 million settlement proposal was announced in June 2017, which would...

Poll Finds Healthcare Cybersecurity Needs Managed In-House

by Elizabeth Snell

Nearly half of healthcare professionals – 47 percent – said that their organization utilizes a mix of in-house and outsourced healthcare cybersecurity needs, according to the latest Medical Group Management Association (MGMA)...

NIST Cybersecurity Included in Latest HITRUST CSF Version

by Elizabeth Snell

Version 9 of the HITRUST CSF will be released in August 2017 and is set to address the NIST Cybersecurity Framework requirements as well, according to a HISTRUST statement. A single assessment will include the necessary controls to...

Top 3 Essentials in Preparing for Ransomware Attacks

by Elizabeth Snell

With each week seeming to bring in a report of a new ransomware attack, healthcare organizations cannot afford to assume that this type of cybersecurity issue will never affect them. Preparing for ransomware attacks in the healthcare...

Applying Healthcare Information Sharing to Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

As cybersecurity threats continue to evolve, healthcare information sharing can be a boon to organizations of all sizes. Industry stakeholders can learn best practices, and see how others in the sector are working to prevent data security...

DHS Updates on Federal Network Cybersecurity, Infrastructure

by Elizabeth Snell

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) recently posted updates on federal network cybersecurity measures, along with current steps being taken to strengthen...

NIST Funding Can Strengthen National Cybersecurity Efforts

by Elizabeth Snell

An increase in National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) funding for fiscal year 2018 will help support critical public-private efforts to strengthen national cybersecurity, according to HIMSS and other industry...

Keeping Healthcare Information Security Training a Priority

by Elizabeth Snell

Without the right information security training, healthcare providers could fall victim to numerous types of cybersecurity issues, such as a ransomware attack. Employees at all levels need to understand the types of warning signs to look...

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