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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...

Healthcare Ransomware Attacks Contribute to 2017 Top Data Breaches

by Elizabeth Snell

With the majority of healthcare providers reporting that they were impacted by a healthcare ransomware attack in the past 12 months, it is not surprising that nine out of the 10 largest breaches reported to OCR in 2017 were caused by...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Top Digital Priority for Org Leaders

by Elizabeth Snell

The majority of health systems plan to increase technology spending to improve their healthcare cybersecurity measures next year, according to a survey conducted by the Pittsburgh-based Center for Connected Medicine (CCM), in...

Revised NIST Infrastructure Cybersecurity Framework Released

by Elizabeth Snell

In an effort to help organizations continue to improve their cybersecurity risk management in critical infrastructure, NIST released a revised draft of its Cybersecurity Framework last week. The second draft of the Framework...

Information Technology, Cybersecurity Issues Common in OIG Areas

by Elizabeth Snell

Cybersecurity issues and information technology issues are both common in numerous areas that the Office of Inspector General (OIG) plans to focus on, according to the latest OIG semiannual report to Congress. OIG wants to keep working on...

Survey Shows US Cybersecurity Attacks Costing Orgs More Money

by Elizabeth Snell

More US-based organizations are investing in their IT security and physical security measures, but the costs of cybersecurity attacks are still on the rise, according to recent research. CSO, the CERT Division of the Software...

12K Affected in ShopRite Supermarkets Data Security Incident

by Elizabeth Snell

ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc. announced that the Kingston, New York ShopRite experienced a data security incident that potentially put personal and medical information of customers at risk. A pharmacy device that captured signatures was...

NH-ISAC Calls for Improved Healthcare Email Security Practices

by Elizabeth Snell

Nearly all top healthcare providers – 98 percent – have not implemented Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance (DMARC), which could lead to healthcare email security issues, according to a recent...

How Automation Aids Data Security, Improves Patient Satisfaction

by Bill Kleyman

Want to know a common trend I’ve seen in pretty much every single healthcare customer I’ve worked with? Data. And I mean a lot of data. Healthcare organizations are producing vast amounts of data from a variety of points....

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