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NIST Cybersecurity Included in Latest HITRUST CSF Version

July 21, 2017 - 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 address the NIST CSF. There will also be a report to display the HITRUST CSF controls through the NIST CSF Core Subcategories lens. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of...


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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 infrastructure...

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 stakeholders. HIMSS...

Overcoming File Sharing, Healthcare Cloud Security Concerns

by Elizabeth Snell

Potential file sharing and healthcare cloud security risks must be addressed in covered entities’ and business associates’ risk analyses, according to the latest OCR cybersecurity newsletter. These collaboration tools can greatly...

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 for...

Incentivize Cybersecurity Best Practices for Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

Maintaining strong patient data security in the ever-evolving healthcare IT space will heavily depend on strong cyber hygiene and proper cybersecurity best practices, according to American Medical Association Board of Trustees Secretary Jesse...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Measures Must Evolve for Success

by Elizabeth Snell

The cybersecurity skills gap is affecting numerous industries. However, healthcare cybersecurity measures truly cannot afford to fall behind, according to ISACA Board Director Rob Clyde. Citing data from the recent ISACA State of Cyber Security...

Healthcare Data Breach Costs Highest for 7th Straight Year

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare data breach costs are the highest among surveyed sectors for the seventh straight year, according to the 2017 Cost of a Data Breach Study: Global Overview. The average cost of a data breach is $3.62 million globally, which...

Overcoming the Healthcare Cybersecurity Workforce Shortage

by Elizabeth Snell

Having a well-trained healthcare cybersecurity workforce is critical for covered entities, especially as organizations continue to implement new technologies. However, a recent (ISC)²  report found that there is an increasing cybersecurity...

HHS: Microsoft Vulnerabilities Impact Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

The HHS Healthcare Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (HCCIC) recently warned the healthcare sector of potential healthcare cybersecurity issues stemming from reported Microsoft vulnerabilities. Both Microsoft and the Department...

Healthcare Email Security Needs Drastic Improvement

by Elizabeth Snell

The majority of the largest US public hospitals are not utilizing enough protections on healthcare email security, according to a recent Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) survey. At least 22 of the top 48 for-profit hospitals in the nation have deployed...

Healthcare IoT Security Market Set to Grow Next 5 Years

by Elizabeth Snell

As more healthcare organizations implement connected devices and are turning to cloud computing options, healthcare IoT security is quickly becoming a key issue. Healthcare IoT can revolutionize the industry, and improve patient care as new technologies...

Industry Applauds HHS Cybersecurity Task Force Report

by Elizabeth Snell

In the wake of the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force releasing its report to Congress, the healthcare industry has largely had a positive reaction to the report’s recommendations on how to protect against evolving threats. The...

Healthcare Hacking Leading Cause for 2017 Incidents

by Elizabeth Snell

Cybersecurity issues continue to plague the healthcare industry, so it should come as no surprise that healthcare hacking and IT incidents account for the majority of large-scale incidents in 2017. OCR numbers show that four of the five largest...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Task Force Finds 6 Imperative Areas

by Elizabeth Snell

Evolving healthcare cybersecurity threats are posing even greater risks to the industry, which is why the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force published a report to “address the growing challenge posed by cyberattacks.” These...

Medical Device Security Rarely Tested in Healthcare Orgs

by Elizabeth Snell

With more healthcare providers implementing connected devices, medical device security should be a top priority in ensuring comprehensive cybersecurity. However, a recent survey indicates that healthcare organizations might not be doing enough...

Ensuring Healthcare IoT Security in an Evolving Industry

by Bill Kleyman

Last week at the InteropITX Conference I discussed a very interesting topic – IoT and security. At the event, I referenced a startup healthcare IoT organization aiming to revolutionize the market with intelligent medical and recovery devices....

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 is...

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 be compromised...

HHS Urges Caution in Wake of WannaCry Ransomware Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

UPDATE: HHS released an additional update on May 15 with new details regarding the ransomware attack. Last week, multiple countries around the world reported falling victim to the WannaCry ransomware attack. Numerous hospitals and healthcare...

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