Healthcare Information Security

Cybersecurity in Healthcare

How Healthcare Cybersecurity is Affected by Cyber Sharing Law

by Elizabeth Snell

Several industry stakeholders gathered earlier this month in a House Committee on Homeland Security meeting to discuss the Cybersecurity Act of 2015. Specifics on how healthcare cybersecurity, and other industry measures would potentially be...

EHR Data Potentially Exposed in Vendor Healthcare Data Breach

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Another medical center has reported a potential healthcare data breach stemming from a hacking incident affecting EHR vendor Bizmatics, according to a HIPAA notification letter on the ENT and Allergy Center’s website. The Office of Civil...

Going On the Offensive in Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Mac McMillan of CynergisTek

I don’t think anyone needs much more convincing when it comes to healthcare cybersecurity. It’s clear that healthcare is under attack by a host of different cyber criminals who seek to steal and monetize its information, extort it...

Why Facilities Need to Understand Healthcare Cyber Liability

by Elizabeth Snell

No healthcare organization wants to experience a data breach, but there can often be unforeseen events that occur after a security incident. This is where healthcare cyber liability can come into play, but covered entities cannot assume that...

Preparing Against Current Healthcare Cybersecurity Threats

by Elizabeth Snell

As more healthcare ransomware cases are reported, it becomes even more apparent that organizations of all sizes can no longer assume that they will never be a target of a healthcare cybersecurity attack. Covered entities must ensure that they...

Over 19K Patients Notified in Potential EHR Data Breach

by Jacqueline Belliveau

A Pennsylvania-based healthcare facility has fallen victim to a possible EHR data breach after unauthorized users hacked into its EHR system, which was managed by Bizmatics. Approximately 19,776 individuals were affected by the security incident...

How FDA Medical Device Cybersecurity Draft Affects Healthcare

by Elizabeth Snell

It is no surprise that the healthcare industry is facing increasing cybersecurity threats, and the increase in connected devices is all the more reason why covered entities need to ensure that their medical device cybersecurity measures are current...

NIST Cybersecurity Framework Updates, Clarification Underway

by Elizabeth Snell

The NIST Cybersecurity Framework will receive a minor update, which will include updating the informative references, clarifying guidance for implementation tiers, and placement of cyber threat intelligence in the core, according to a recent...

HITRUST Program Identifies Healthcare Cybersecurity Threats

by Jacqueline Belliveau

With a slew of new healthcare cybersecurity threats seemingly appearing each day, many organizations are struggling to proactively identify and protect themselves from unknown and more sophisticated cyber threats, like hospital ransomware. The...

Are Cybersecurity Measures Improving After OPM Data Breach?

by Elizabeth Snell

Nearly one year after the large-scale OPM data breach, the majority of federal employees state that the current cybersecurity measures are unclear. A Federal News Radio survey found that over half of those surveyed - 53 percent - do not believe...

How a Proactive Approach Improves Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Jacqueline Belliveau

While healthcare data breaches were the most reported data security incident in 2015, it is not surprising that more organizations are employing or seeking a third-party managed security services vendor to help identify and react to healthcare...

CHIME Opens Center for Advancing Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Healthcare cybersecurity may have a new home, according to a press release from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). The organization has announced the establishment of the CHIME Cybersecurity Center and Program...

HHS Role in Healthcare Cybersecurity Discussed in Hearing

by Elizabeth Snell

Having effective data protection and incident response are crucial parts to strong healthcare cybersecurity, according to a recent hearing held by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee. The group met last week to discuss the future of healthcare...

Vendor Healthcare Data Breach Exposes Info on 87K Patients

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The Southeast Eye Institute, PA, or Eye Associates of Pinellas, has recently reported a possible healthcare data breach after an unauthorized party accessed patient files that were formerly managed by a third-party vendor. Approximately 87,314...

How Rise in Phishing Attacks Affects Healthcare Data Security

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Many healthcare organizations and business associates are constantly working to prevent phishing attacks from compromising healthcare data security. Yet, cyberattacks were still the top cause of healthcare data breaches in 2015 and recent studies...

ICIT Explains NIST Guide Impact on Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

As health IT developers work to create the latest platforms and tools for the industry, it is essential that healthcare cybersecurity measures remain a top priority. However, numerous types of healthcare organizations should take note of a guide...

CHIME Urges Stronger Hospital Ransomware Protections

by Elizabeth Snell

A more proactive policy management process, as well as stronger hospital ransomware legislation is necessary to ensure that healthcare organizations can adequately protect against the changing cybersecurity threat landscape, according to the...

Malware Incident in MI Creates Potential PHI Data Breach

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Michigan-based Complete Chiropractic and Bodywork Therapies has notified patients of a possible PHI data breach after a server was accessed by an unauthorized entity. According to the OCR’s data breach portal, approximately 4,082 individuals...

How DDoS Attack Increase May Affect Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Jacqueline Belliveau

More organizations experienced multiple distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks in the fourth quarter of 2015, which could spell out trouble for healthcare cybersecurity measures, especially for cloud-based services. According to Akamai’s...

How Connected, Mobile Devices Affect Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

As more healthcare organizations work to keep pace with the ever-evolving options for mobile devices and connected medical devices, it is essential that they are also mindful of potential healthcare cybersecurity concerns. The proliferation of...


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