Healthcare Information Security

Cybersecurity in Healthcare

How to Build a Strong Healthcare Information Security Team

by Elizabeth Snell

With cybersecurity threats seemingly evolving each day, healthcare providers can no longer afford to have incomplete approaches to data security. Having a comprehensive and well-trained healthcare information security team will be a key aspect...

Why Healthcare Ransomware Attacks Can Be More Damaging

by Elizabeth Snell

It should come as no surprise that one of the main reasons the healthcare industry is a prime target for ransomware attacks is because of the sensitive information - PHI and PII - it holds. However, a recent survey found that healthcare ransomware...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Efforts Improving, Still Need Work

by Elizabeth Snell

Ransomware, advanced persistent threats (APTs), and phishing attacks are the top most feared threats in healthcare cybersecurity, according to a recent HIMSS survey. While the majority of organizations have made efforts to prioritize their information...

Possible PHI Security Breach in FL Respiratory Facility

by Elizabeth Snell

Florida-based Rotech Healthcare Inc. reported that it may have experienced a PHI security breach after patient information was recovered by police from an unauthorized individual. The respiratory and sleep apnea facility said it received a police...

HITRUST Aids Small Orgs in Healthcare Cybersecurity Threats

by Elizabeth Snell

Smaller healthcare organizations, specifically physician practices with less than 75 employees, can have difficulties in preparing against the evolving healthcare cybersecurity threats. That is why HITRUST and the North Texas-based health system...

Is There a Healthcare Cybersecurity Skills Shortage?

by Elizabeth Snell

With ransomware attacks and other data security issues for healthcare organizations being regularly reported, employees with the necessary healthcare cybersecurity skills are crucial assets. However, if a recent survey shows a cybersecurity skills...

Surgeon Responds after Athens Orthopedic Data Breach

by Elizabeth Snell

Physicians, employees, executives and family members are also upset over the recent Athens Orthopedic data breach, according to surgeon Chip Ogburn. In an opinion piece for the Athens Banner-Herald, Ogburn explained that the theft of health information...

Learning from the Banner Health Cybersecurity Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

Last week, Arizona-based Banner Health reported it had been the victim of a cybersecurity attack, potentially compromising 3.7 million records in the process.  The incident was discovered on July 7, but Banner stated that the attack first...

How to Avoid Common Healthcare Data Security Challenges

by Tushar Kothari of Attivo Networks

PHI cyber theft is on the rise. Ponemon Institute Reports in its Sixth Annual Benchmark Study on Privacy & Security of Healthcare Data, that nearly 90 percent of all healthcare organizations have suffered at least one data breach in...

Hospital Cybersecurity Threats Increase Solutions Market by 13%

by Elizabeth Snell

The hospital cybersecurity threats solutions market is expected to increase by 13.6 percent between 2016 and 2021, according to research from Frost & Sullivan.   The US Hospital Cybersecurity Market: 2015-2021 report found that there...

How Healthcare Cybersecurity Relates to DHS Incident Reporting

by Elizabeth Snell

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently released a fact sheet on how organizations should report cybersecurity incidents to the federal government. While covered entities must adhere to HIPAA regulations in regard to reporting potential...

Fight Healthcare Ransomware with National HIT Safety Center

by Elizabeth Snell

With more covered entities becoming targets for their sensitive information - PII and PHI - it is essential that the necessary tools are put in place to prevent healthcare ransomware attacks. This is where a National Health IT Safety Center can...

Preparing Against Current Healthcare Cybersecurity Threats

by Darrin Haehle of Wonderbox Technologies

It’s hard to believe that anyone would think of anonymous hackers taking down websites and disrupting networks just for fun as the good old days, but in many ways they were. At least compared to today. This is especially true when it comes...

Healthcare Ransomware Leads Other Industries by Large Margin

by Elizabeth Snell

As the healthcare industry continues to implement new technologies, there are more options for unauthorized third-party attackers to try and infiltrate networks in order to access sensitive data, such as patient PHI. However, a recent study shows...

HHS Funding to Combat Rising Healthcare Cybersecurity Issues

by Elizabeth Snell

In an effort to better meet the current healthcare cybersecurity threats, the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness...

How External Threats May Impact Health Data Security Measures

by Elizabeth Snell

Ransomware threats and other recent cybersecurity threats show that health data security measures must be comprehensive and current. However, a recent study shows that organizations might be lacking the necessary resources to mitigate potential...

Are Insurance Companies Liable for Possible HIPAA Violations?

by Elizabeth Snell

An appellate court recently ruled that an insurance company was required to defend a hospital in a class-action complaint that the hospital in question was responsible for potential HIPAA violations. The Travelers Indemnity Company of America...

Reps Push for Stronger Healthcare Ransomware Guidance

by Elizabeth Snell

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) should consider healthcare ransomware attacks to be data breaches and continue to expand guidance on how providers react to ransomware, according to Representatives Ted Lieu and Will Hurd. The...

How Healthcare CISOs Can Conquer Data Security Challenges

by Elizabeth Snell

As the healthcare cybersecurity threats and data security challenges continue to evolve, CISOs must ensure that they remain educated on the best options for keeping sensitive data secure. However, CISOs need to also find the right balance between...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Measure Evasions Common in Entities

by Elizabeth Snell

Not only do healthcare cybersecurity measure workarounds often go unnoticed in organizations, but they are often taught to employees as the correct practice, according to a recent study by researchers at Dartmouth College, the University of Pennsylvania,...


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