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Cybersecurity in Healthcare

Healthcare Data Breaches Most Common in 2015 Incidents

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Healthcare data breaches accounted for the most data security incidents in 2015, the second annual Baker Hostetler Data Security Incident Response Report stated. The report analyzed the lessons learned from over 300 data security incidents that...

Senator Urges HHS to Create Healthcare Cybersecurity Law

by Elizabeth Snell

Senate health committee chairman and Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander recently called upon the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to create a healthcare cybersecurity law after the recent cyber attack on MedStar Health. In the MedStar...

How Can the NIST Cybersecurity Framework Improve?

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Leaders from a myriad of industries, including healthcare, provided feedback on the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Cybersecurity Framework (NIST CSF). NIST recently released an analysis of the comments, which evaluate...

Health Data Security Considerations in Precision Medicine

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Applying the National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework (NIST CSF) to the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI): Draft Data Security Principles and Framework is a positive step towards better health data security, according...

Understanding Ransomware and Healthcare Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

Ransomware is quickly becoming a popular topic when it comes to healthcare data security, and covered entities and their business associates should take notice of this latest threat to sensitive information. No organization should assume that...

HITRUST Head Addresses Health Data Security, Cyber Insurance

by Jacqueline Belliveau

With the increase in volume and severity of recent health data breaches, more and more healthcare providers and associated organizations are relying on cyber insurance to complement their health data security policies and procedures. At the Homeland...

Top 5 Healthcare Data Breaches in 2016 Not From Hacking

by Elizabeth Snell

Hacking was a top concern last year for covered entities, and it was the leading cause for the largest healthcare data breaches in 2015. Healthcare cybersecurity measures are becoming a top priority for organizations of all sizes, as third-party...

Why Healthcare Cybersecurity Should be Top Priority for Execs

by Jacqueline Belliveau

While healthcare cybersecurity is an increasing concern for covered entities, recent research shows that other industries should also potentially put a higher focus on cybersecurity threats. Seventy-five percent of cybersecurity professionals...

Mitigating Risk for Stronger Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

There have been an increasing amount of healthcare cybersecurity threats as the industry works toward interoperability and attempts to keep pace with evolving technologies. Healthcare data breaches could potentially affect any covered entity,...

The False Promise of HIPAA for Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Jonathan Litchman of The Providence Group

The recent ransomware attack on Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center highlights the healthcare cybersecurity risks organizations face today. Unfortunately, this cyber attack also reveals the inadequacy of the HIPAA Security Rule to...

Healthcare Cybersecurity, Connected Devices Top HIMSS16 News

by Elizabeth Snell

With the push for nationwide interoperability, it should come as no surprise that more healthcare organizations are looking for the best options when it comes to connected devices. However, healthcare cybersecurity cannot be overlooked, and vendors...

Understanding Medical Device Security in Healthcare Today

by Elizabeth Snell

LAS VEGAS – There is no question that medical device security is a top issue in today’s healthcare industry, especially as more providers are looking to implement connected devices.   All of the attention being given to medical...

Ponemon: Healthcare Cyber Attack Averages One Per Month

by Elizabeth Snell

LAS VEGAS - Healthcare cybersecurity must improve, as organizations average about one healthcare cyber attack per month, according to a recent Ponemon survey. In The State of Cybersecurity in Healthcare Organizations in 2016, Ponemon also found...

Cybersecurity, Medical Device Security Key HIMSS16 Issues

by Elizabeth Snell

The annual HIMSS conference is next week, and it will of course tackle the healthcare industry’s hottest topics. With 2015 filled with large-scale healthcare data breaches, and the need for strong cybersecurity measures increasing more...

CHIME, AEHIS Want Better Risk Management in NIST Framework

by Elizabeth Snell

Improved risk management, a more balanced compliance approach, and more education around cybersecurity were some of the recommendations given to the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) by the College of Healthcare Information...

How Cybersecurity National Action Plan Affects Healthcare

by Elizabeth Snell

Earlier this week, President Barack Obama announced the implementation of the Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP) in an effort to further improve the nation’s approach to cybersecurity.   The long-term strategy is designed “to...

HIMSS: NIST Cybersecurity Framework Positive, Can Improve

by Elizabeth Snell

While the National Institute for Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework can be greatly beneficial for the healthcare industry, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) explained that the Framework...

Why Collaboration is Key for FDA Medical Device Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

Medical device cybersecurity is becoming an increasingly important issue for both healthcare providers and device manufacturers. Moreover, the FDA recently released draft guidance on how medical device manufacturers must monitor, identify and...

Brown Offers ‘Hands-On’ Approach to Cybersecurity Threats

by Elizabeth Snell

As cybersecurity threats continue to increase across all industries, including healthcare, it is essential that organizations take the time to implement comprehensive strategies to combat those threats. Brown University recently announced its...

DHS Cybersecurity Protection System Can Improve, Finds GAO

by Elizabeth Snell

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Cybersecurity Protection System (NCPS) has some room for improvement, according to a recent US Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. The current metrics that DHS has developed...


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