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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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)...

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...

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...

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...

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...

FDA Has Medical Device Cybersecurity Concerns in Abbott Labs

by Elizabeth Snell

The FDA recently sent a warning letter to Abbott Labs, explaining that there were potential medical device cybersecurity issues with some of Abbott’s devices that were acquired with Abbott’s purchase of St. Jude Medical earlier...

Cybersecurity Attacks Hit 87% of Organizations in 2016

by Elizabeth Snell

A majority of organizations reported that they were affected by a cybersecurity attack last year, with one in three saying that they had been hacked more than five times in the past 12 months, according to a recent Bitglass...

Healthcare Information Sharing Need Stressed in Recent Hearing

by Elizabeth Snell

Industry stakeholders recently met at a Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing on how to improve healthcare cybersecurity. Stronger healthcare information sharing was underlined as a key factor in strengthening the...

Study Addresses Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Challenges

by Elizabeth Snell

Promoting a cyber and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, as well as creating cybersecurity scholarships are two key ways federal cybersecurity workforce challenges can be addressed, according to a recent...

AHA Suggests Law Enforcement Aid in Cyber Attack Prevention

by Elizabeth Snell

Law enforcement agencies should be given necessary resources to proactively share information, conduct investigations, and assist data breach victims to ensure strong cyber attack prevention measures, according to the American Hospital...

White House Finds HHS Strengthening Cybersecurity Measures

by Elizabeth Snell

HHS has made great progress in working to improve its cybersecurity measures and overall approach to stronger cyber hygiene, according to a recent White House report. HHS has aligned its approach to cybersecurity with the Cybersecurity...

2016 Record Data Breach Year, Attackers Less Healthcare-Focused

by Elizabeth Snell

There were a record number of records compromised from data breaches in 2016, growing 566 percent in 2016 from 600 million to more than 4 billion, according to a recent IBM report. The 2017 IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index also found...

DHS Must Sustain Stronger Federal Cybersecurity Measures Push

by Elizabeth Snell

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) must continue to foster initiatives to improve federal cybersecurity measures, such as utilizing the National Cybersecurity Protection System (NCPS), according to the Government Accountability...

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