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Why Privileged Account Management Matters in Health Data Security

December 13, 2017 - 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 unauthorized users gaining access to sensitive data. Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Allina health recently implemented Thycotic’s Secret Server for improved...


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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 hacking...

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 partnership...

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 for Improving...

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 grants...

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 Engineering...

How IoT Impacts Medical Device Cybersecurity Considerations

by Elizabeth Snell

The healthcare industry is becoming increasingly reliant on Internet of Things (IoT) devices, which has pushed entities of all sizes to ensure they are staying mindful of medical device cybersecurity measures. With medical devices that are used...

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 survey....

IoT Security Top Concern for Business Technology Leaders

by Elizabeth Snell

More healthcare organizations are implementing connected medical devices and are moving storage and backup options to the cloud. However, healthcare technology leaders are greatly concerned over IoT security with connected devices, according...

Recognizing, Overcoming Medical Device Cybersecurity Gaps

by Elizabeth Snell

Legacy devices and not having an accurate understanding of current device inventory can lead to some of the more common medical device cybersecurity gaps. Healthcare organizations cannot afford to suffer from an attack that compromises connected...

HHS Pressed on Healthcare Cybersecurity Leadership Changes

by Elizabeth Snell

Recent healthcare cybersecurity leadership changes within HHS have pushed lawmakers to question the agency why those changes took place. Both Margaret Amato and Leo Scanlon emailed bipartisan staff on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Threats Require HHS Bill of Materials

by Elizabeth Snell

The increasing amount of healthcare cybersecurity threats is pushing organizations to utilize numerous technologies to combat potential dangers. It can often be difficult though to have clear visibility into the hardware or software in those...

Healthcare Endpoint Attacks Cost the Industry $1.3B Annually

by Elizabeth Snell

Preparing for potential healthcare endpoint attacks should be a top priority for covered entities, especially with a recent survey showing that organizations believe that an over-reliance on traditional endpoint security is leaving entities exposed....

Evolving Cybersecurity Threats, Protecting Data Top HHS Challenges

by Elizabeth Snell

Adequately addressing the industry’s current cybersecurity threats is a key aspect to one of the major management and performance challenges for HHS, the Office of Inspector General determined in its annual report. OIG’s 2017 Top...

Catholic Charities Healthcare Cyberattack Impacts 4.6K

by Elizabeth Snell

Catholic Charities announced that its Glens Falls office experienced a healthcare cyberattack on a server containing information of approximately 4,600 current and former clients and several employees. Unauthorized software was discovered on...

AHIMA Notes Cybersecurity Prep, HIPAA Compliance as Focus Areas

by Elizabeth Snell

All healthcare organizations can work on improving their privacy and security by focusing on their cybersecurity preparation, HIPAA compliance, and staying people-oriented, according to a recent blog post on the Journal of AHIMA. AHIMA’s...

26% of Orgs Would Pay Ransomware After Healthcare Cyberattack

by Elizabeth Snell

While the majority of healthcare IT and security professionals in the UK and US are confident in their organization’s ability to respond to a healthcare cyberattack, there are still some that are not sure their entity can properly respond,...

Data Backups Aid in Ransomware Attack Recovery for KS Agency

by Elizabeth Snell

East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging (ECKAAA) said in an online statement that it was the victim of a ransomware attack on September 5, 2017, leaving files encrypted and inaccessible. ECKAAA said it immediately hired a cybersecurity company...

ECRI: Healthcare Ransomware, Cybersecurity Threats Top Concerns

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations need to understand the potential safety issues that come with medical devices and systems, according to the ECRI Institute. Healthcare ransomware threats, medical device networking flaws, and other cybersecurity threats...

Stakeholders Stress Healthcare Cybersecurity Focus for HHS

by Elizabeth Snell

Ensuring that healthcare cybersecurity measures continue to improve must remain a key focus area for HHS, industry stakeholders explained in responses to the HHS Information Technology Strategic Plan FY 2017-2020. Cybersecurity and healthcare...

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