Healthcare Information Security

Cybersecurity in Healthcare

HIMSS Praises DHS National Cybersecurity Response Plan

by Elizabeth Snell

Understanding the dimensions of potential cyber threats and providing better clarification on what equates a significant cyber incident are two suggestions the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) provided to the Department...

Health IT Leaders Cite Data Theft As Key Cybersecurity Concern

by Elizabeth Snell

Social engineering attacks and data theft are the main cybersecurity concerns when it comes to health IT, according to a recent survey of healthcare chief information and chief information security officers. The College of Healthcare Information...

How Can Covered Entities Best Prepare for Ransomware Threats?

by Bill Kleyman

Please don’t turn a blind eye to ransomware threats, or think “it won’t happen to me.” Because it can, and it very well may. Today, healthcare has already become a digital entity with more digital assets and very sensitive...

Many Healthcare Ransomware Attacks Impact Providers, Patients

by Elizabeth Snell

When a covered entity is impacted by a healthcare ransomware attack, the recovery process is not always easy. Not only will daily operations likely be impacted, but patients could also feel the effects. Whether the ransomware caused patient records...

Improving Health Data Security with Payment Security Controls

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare data encryption options are often touted as key ways for covered entities and business associates to strengthen their health data security. That includes payment security controls, which should be considered as part of a provider’s...

Top 4 Healthcare Data Breaches Stem from Hacking Incident

by Elizabeth Snell

While 2016 is not yet complete, there have already been approximately 250 reported cases of potential healthcare data breaches affecting more than 500 individuals submitted to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). The majority of these incidents...

What is the Full Impact of a Healthcare Cybersecurity Attack?

by Elizabeth Snell

Large-scale healthcare data breaches are not new to the healthcare industry, and healthcare cybersecurity attacks are becoming more intricate and difficult to predict. However, the initial attack is not always where the story ends for covered...

How User Training Affects Healthcare Ransomware Preparation

by Elizabeth Snell

Covered entities and business associates have numerous areas to consider when it comes to preparing against potential healthcare ransomware threats. It is not enough to just install firewalls and anti-virus software. Organizations need to implement...

Using Layered Security for Evolving Cybersecurity Threats

by Elizabeth Snell

The healthcare industry possesses large amounts of sensitive information, yet is consistently vulnerable to the evolving cybersecurity threats. Refusing to adapt to the changing threat landscape, and work to implement a layered security approach...

Attorneys Find Healthcare Cybersecurity Threats Increasing

by Elizabeth Snell

The majority of corporate healthcare attorneys have found that healthcare cybersecurity threats are increasing, and that they are being called upon more often to evaluate whether a security incident implicates reporting obligations. A survey...

Reviewing File Transfer Protocol Healthcare Cybersecurity Risks

by Elizabeth Snell

Preventing and detecting cryptocurrency mining malware are essential aspects to file transfer protocol (FTP) that covered entities and business associates need to consider when maintaining healthcare cybersecurity, the Office for Civil Rights...

Central Ohio Urology Data Security Incident Affects 300K

by Elizabeth Snell

Central Ohio Urology Group (COUG) reported that a data security incident may have exposed the information of patients, employees, and individuals who paid for medical services. An unauthorized individual reportedly posted files and documents...

Animas Warns of Potential Medical Device Cybersecurity Issue

by Elizabeth Snell

Animas Corporation, a Johnson & Johnson company, recently disclosed to users of a certain type of insulin pump that potential medical device cybersecurity vulnerabilities were discovered in it. The Animas OneTouch Ping insulin pump could...

HHS Funding to Aid Healthcare Cybersecurity Efforts

by Elizabeth Snell

In an effort to improve how organizations can respond to healthcare cybersecurity threats, and foster further information sharing in the industry, as well as in the public health sector, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded...

ISAO SO Releases Cybersecurity Information Sharing Guidance

by Elizabeth Snell

Last week, The Information Sharing and Analysis Organization Standards Organization (ISAO SO) released several documents on cybersecurity information sharing guidance, focusing on cybersecurity risks, incidents, and best practices. One document...

Utilizing Network Security to Prevent Ransomware Attacks

by Elizabeth Snell

As healthcare organizations continue to implement new technologies, their data privacy and security measures cannot be an afterthought. This is especially true with healthcare ransomware attacks on the rise, which could compromise patient safety...

Healthcare Web Application Attacks Increase in Past Year

by Elizabeth Snell

There has been a 14 percent increase in overall web application attacks from Q1 2016 to Q2 2016, while healthcare web application attacks have also increased in the past year, according to recent research from Akamai. DDoS attacks also increased...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Task Force Seeks Industry Input

by Elizabeth Snell

The recently appointed Healthcare Cybersecurity Task Force is hoping that a crowdsourcing approach will draw in the necessary advice and insight for how the group can best implement change to keep the healthcare industry secure against evolving...

Cybersecurity Attack Affects MO Behavioral Health Facility

by Elizabeth Snell

Missouri-based Burrell Behavioral Health recently announced that it was the victim of a cybersecurity attack after an employee’s email account was accessed by an unauthorized party. Burrell made the discovery on July 7, 2016 and immediately...

Information Sharing Key in Improving Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

Improving the outreach and information sharing on healthcare cybersecurity issues, along with having more educated and qualified cybersecurity personnel and health IT experts will be essential in strengthening the healthcare cybersecurity infrastructure,...


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