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Cybersecurity in Healthcare

HHS Pressed on Healthcare Cybersecurity Leadership Changes

by Elizabeth Snell

Recent healthcare cybersecurity leadership changes within HHS have pushed lawmakers to question the agency why those changes took place. Both Margaret Amato and Leo Scanlon emailed bipartisan staff on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Threats Require HHS Bill of Materials

by Elizabeth Snell

The increasing amount of healthcare cybersecurity threats is pushing organizations to utilize numerous technologies to combat potential dangers. It can often be difficult though to have clear visibility into the hardware or software in those...

Healthcare Endpoint Attacks Cost the Industry $1.3B Annually

by Elizabeth Snell

Preparing for potential healthcare endpoint attacks should be a top priority for covered entities, especially with a recent survey showing that organizations believe that an over-reliance on traditional endpoint security is leaving entities exposed....

Evolving Cybersecurity Threats, Protecting Data Top HHS Challenges

by Elizabeth Snell

Adequately addressing the industry’s current cybersecurity threats is a key aspect to one of the major management and performance challenges for HHS, the Office of Inspector General determined in its annual report. OIG’s 2017 Top...

Catholic Charities Healthcare Cyberattack Impacts 4.6K

by Elizabeth Snell

Catholic Charities announced that its Glens Falls office experienced a healthcare cyberattack on a server containing information of approximately 4,600 current and former clients and several employees. Unauthorized software was discovered on...

AHIMA Notes Cybersecurity Prep, HIPAA Compliance as Focus Areas

by Elizabeth Snell

All healthcare organizations can work on improving their privacy and security by focusing on their cybersecurity preparation, HIPAA compliance, and staying people-oriented, according to a recent blog post on the Journal of AHIMA. AHIMA’s...

26% of Orgs Would Pay Ransomware After Healthcare Cyberattack

by Elizabeth Snell

While the majority of healthcare IT and security professionals in the UK and US are confident in their organization’s ability to respond to a healthcare cyberattack, there are still some that are not sure their entity can properly respond,...

Data Backups Aid in Ransomware Attack Recovery for KS Agency

by Elizabeth Snell

East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging (ECKAAA) said in an online statement that it was the victim of a ransomware attack on September 5, 2017, leaving files encrypted and inaccessible. ECKAAA said it immediately hired a cybersecurity company...

ECRI: Healthcare Ransomware, Cybersecurity Threats Top Concerns

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations need to understand the potential safety issues that come with medical devices and systems, according to the ECRI Institute. Healthcare ransomware threats, medical device networking flaws, and other cybersecurity threats...

Stakeholders Stress Healthcare Cybersecurity Focus for HHS

by Elizabeth Snell

Ensuring that healthcare cybersecurity measures continue to improve must remain a key focus area for HHS, industry stakeholders explained in responses to the HHS Information Technology Strategic Plan FY 2017-2020. Cybersecurity and healthcare...

HHS Cybersecurity Measures Center of Recent Legislation

by Elizabeth Snell

Two House Energy and Commerce Committee members reintroduced legislation to address HHS cybersecurity measures, helping the agency better establish its role as an authority in facing current cybersecurity challenges. Rep. Billy Long (R-MO)...

EHNAC: Risk Assessments, IoT Security Crucial in Attack Mitigation

by Elizabeth Snell

Hospitals and healthcare organizations need to keep a strong focus on their risk management and risk assessment process and ensure that any third parties or business associates also have proper security and IT risk management protocols in...

Utilizing People, Process, and Technology in Health Data Security

by Bill Kleyman

Healthcare organizations are spending a lot of money on their security strategies. And yet we still see large numbers of breaches, data loss, and health data security incidents. To combat this, healthcare continues to invest in security solutions....

What Are Basic, Essential Healthcare Cybersecurity Measures?

by Elizabeth Snell

With October being National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCAM), OCR highlighted top healthcare cybersecurity measures that all covered entities and business associates should keep in mind. NCAM is an ideal time for organizations to review basic...

State Rep Presses Nuance on NotPetya Malware Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

More details on the June 27, 2017 NotPetya malware attack that affected Nuance should be released, according to a letter from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The healthcare industry can greatly benefit from learning about the details...

16K Patients Notified Following Phishing Scam in MD Facility

by Elizabeth Snell

Maryland-based Chase Brexton Health Care reported that “a number of” its employees fell for a phishing scam between August 2, 2017 and August 3, 2017. Employees received a “bogus” survey via email, which once completed,...

Why Open Source Security Matters for Healthcare Orgs

by Elizabeth Snell

Open source software can help healthcare organizations remain flexible as they adopt new IT solutions, but if entities lack open source security measures it can lead to larger cybersecurity issues. A recent survey found that organizations in...

Encouraging Collaboration for Improved Data Security Measures

by Elizabeth Snell

Malicious actors are not going to disappear anytime soon, meaning that healthcare organizations must remain vigilant in improving their data security measures. Collaboration and information sharing will play critical roles in strengthening healthcare...

US-CERT Urges Updates to Counter Found WiFi Vulnerabilities

by Elizabeth Snell

WiFi Protected Access II (WPA2) handshake traffic could potentially be manipulated by attackers within range of vulnerable devices, according to recent research. The WiFi vulnerabilities could lead to malicious users gaining access to passwords,...

Will Common Rule Changes Impact Health Data Security?

by Elizabeth Snell

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) reiterated its support of considered changes to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects, or the Common Rule. Adjustments to the Common Rule could also have an impact on certain...

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