Healthcare Information Security

Cybersecurity in Healthcare

St. Jude Files Lawsuit Over Medical Device Security Claims

by Elizabeth Snell

Claims over potential medical device security issues with St. Jude Medical, Inc. pacemakers and other heart devices has now led to a lawsuit. St. Jude filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota against Muddy...

New Federal CISO Set to Bolster National Cybersecurity Measures

by Elizabeth Snell

Brigadier General (retired) Gregory J. Touhill was announced as the first Federal CISO earlier this week, and is expected to continue the push toward stronger national cybersecurity measures. Touhill is currently the Deputy Assistant Secretary...

Medical Device Cybersecurity Key Focus in NIST Partnership

by Elizabeth Snell

A new risk assessment project designed for monitoring wireless IV medical infusion pumps hopes to further strengthen medical device cybersecurity across the healthcare industry. The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST)...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Knowledge Gaps in Phishing Awareness

by Elizabeth Snell

There is a need for both simulated phishing attacks and question-based evaluations to ensure that healthcare cybersecurity measures are able to protect sensitive data, according to a recent survey. The Wombat Beyond the Phish Report found that...

CHIME Member Leads Healthcare Cybersecurity Task Force

by Elizabeth Snell

Creating a set of recommendations that anyone in the healthcare industry can utilize is one of several goals for the federal healthcare cybersecurity task force, according to co-chair and CHIME board member Theresa Meadows, R.N., CHCIO. Meadows...

A Hacker’s Perspective on Strengthening Healthcare IT Security

by John Nye of CynergisTek

In today’s connected world most of us are frantically trying to protect our, or our organization’s, critical data and systems. Despite a couple of decades of constant advancements in IT security, there seems to be even more risks...

Cybersecurity Attacks Leading Large Health Data Breach Cause

by Elizabeth Snell

While the summer of 2016 is quickly coming to an end, covered entities and their business associates cannot ease up on their data security measures. If the past three months have been any indication, large health data breaches are not about to...

How FTC Data Security Aligns with NIST Cybersecurity Framework

by Elizabeth Snell

The NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF or The Framework) aligns with how FTC data security measures are outlined, according to a recent FTC blog post. Specifically, “the alleged lapses the FTC has challenged through its law enforcement actions...

NY Psychiatric Institute Cybersecurity Breach Affects 21K

by Elizabeth Snell

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) recently announced that one of its facilities experienced a cybersecurity breach, which potentially exposed the records of research participants. Between April 28 and May 4 of this year, certain...

St. Jude Disputes Alleged Medical Device Security Issues

by Elizabeth Snell

St. Jude Medical Center recently responded to allegations that medical device security flaws exist in its pacemakers and other heart devices, calling the accusations “false and misleading.” Muddy Waters Capital LLC released a report...

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...


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