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Smiths Medical Releases Firmware Update for Medical Device Security

by Elizabeth Snell

Smiths Medical recently released a firmware update to eliminate potential medical device security vulnerabilities that had been discovered by an independent researcher earlier in 2017. The vulnerabilities may have allowed remote attackers...

Symantec, VMware Named Best in KLAS for Data Security Solutions

by Elizabeth Snell

The Best in KLAS Awards were announced earlier this week, with Symantec, VMware, and Imprivata being named to the top slots of various data security solutions categories. KLAS took data from 2,500 interviews it conducts with providers and...

How Healthcare Organizations Can Reduce Cyber Extortion Risk

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations must be mindful of how they reduce cyber extortion risk because covered entities maintain sensitive data and provide necessary services, OCR stated in its January Cybersecurity Newsletter. Cyber extortion often...

Proposed Iowa Data Breach Bill Accounts for Health Data

by Elizabeth Snell

Recently proposed updates to Iowa’s data breach bill would include medical information and health insurance information under the definition of “personal information.” Organizations would also need to provide notification...

Colorado Data Privacy Law Updated, Includes Medical Information

by Elizabeth Snell

Bipartisan legislation aiming to improve current data privacy laws was recently introduced in Colorado. The bill would require entities implement “reasonable security procedures” to protect consumers’ personal information...

HCCIC Releases Update on Spectre, Meltdown Cybersecurity Threats

by Elizabeth Snell

The Healthcare Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (HCCIC) released an update on previously discovered Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities that could create healthcare cybersecurity threats for organizations. The National...

Patient Data Unaffected in Hancock Health Ransomware Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

Indiana-based Hancock Health experienced a ransomware attack on January 11, 2018, according to a statement posted on the organization’s website. Hancock recovered use of its computers and patient information was not adversely...

67% of CISOs Believe a Cybersecurity Attack Will Happen in 2018

by Elizabeth Snell

CISOs are increasingly concerned about the likelihood of falling victim to a cybersecurity attack, with 67 percent reporting that they think their organization will face that type of data breach in 2018, according to a recent...

Report Discusses How to Approach Botnets, Cybersecurity Threats

by Elizabeth Snell

There must be greater resilience against botnets and other distributed, automated threats in an effort to properly combat evolving cybersecurity threats, according to a recent report from federal agencies. The Departments of Commerce and...

NH-ISAC Cybersecurity Warning Shows Importance of Regular Updates

by Elizabeth Snell

The National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center’s (NH-ISAC) Threat Intelligence Committee released a cybersecurity warning last week urging entities to be aware of two potential vulnerabilities. Researchers...

AHIMA: Healthcare Data Privacy, Security Top HIM Topic for 2018

by Elizabeth Snell

Potential cyberattacks and other cybersecurity threats will help keep healthcare data privacy and security main concerns going into 2018, according to recent AHIMA predictions. In total, AHIMA members listed eight key focus areas. Privacy...

AHA Calls for Greater FDA Medical Device Security Oversight

by Elizabeth Snell

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must focus on reducing regulatory burden on hospitals and health systems while also ensuring there is greater medical device security oversight, according to the American Hospital Association...

US Reports North Korea Caused WannaCry Ransomware Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

The WannaCry ransomware attack that affected numerous sectors around the world, including healthcare organizations, was caused by North Korea, according to Tom Bossert, assistant to the president for homeland security and...

Are Orgs Filling Necessary Healthcare Cybersecurity Roles?

by Elizabeth Snell

Without the right healthcare cybersecurity roles being filled at covered entities, it can be more difficult for organizations to ensure that sensitive data remains secure. Along with CISOs, privacy officers, and compliance officers,...

Crafting a Strong Healthcare Cybersecurity Action Plan

by Elizabeth Snell

Following recent research showing that 83 percent of physicians report they have experienced a cybersecurity attack, AHIMA released a healthcare cybersecurity action plan to assist entities in preparing for potential threats. Implementing...

Maintain HIPAA Safeguards, Healthcare Cybersecurity on Vacation

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations must ensure their staff members take proper cybersecurity precautions, including maintaining HIPAA safeguards, when they are gone for extended periods of time, according to the OCR December 2017 Cybersecurity...

5 Tips for a Strong Healthcare Data Breach Response

by Bill Kleyman

No one wants to experience an active security situation. A data breach will result in numerous sleepless nights, big expenses, and lots of lost confidence. The challenge, however, is that healthcare data is just so valuable. In the 2017...

Healthcare Data Security Attacks Account for 40% of Q3 Incidents

by Elizabeth Snell

Malware and ransomware were top concerns for entities in 2017 Q3, with public and healthcare data security attacks accounting for more than 40 percent of total incidents in that time frame, according to a recent McAfee Labs report. There...

How to Prevent a Healthcare Data Breach in 2018

by Bill Kleyman

One word can describe the current security landscape: chaos. We’re way beyond the days of traditional firewall and network security solutions. Today, healthcare organizations have to worry about security when it comes to cloud, data,...

Why Privileged Account Management Matters in Health Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

As healthcare providers continue to work toward creating strong cybersecurity measures, it is important to remember that insider access could also lead to a potential data breach. Failing to secure privileged accounts could lead to...

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