Healthcare Information Security

Cybersecurity in Healthcare

Hospitals, Banks Face Greatest Financial Impact from Cyberattacks

by Jessica Davis

Hospitals, security firms, banks, market infrastructure providers potentially face the greatest financial impact from cyberattacks, which could lead to a weakened credit profile, according to a recent Moody’s Investors Service...

EHR Hack Breaches Milestone Family Medicine Patient Data

by Jessica Davis

South Carolina-based Milestone Family Medicine, formerly with Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, recently began notifying patients that their data was potentially breached by an unauthorized individual. Officials discovered a hacker...

Security to Shift from Prevention to Threat Detection, Gartner says

by Jessica Davis

Security teams are beginning to shift away from a staunch prevention focus into threat detection and response, as hackers and cyber threats continue to increase in sophistication, according to Gartner. Gartner identified seven risk...

120,000 Health Alliance Patients Impacted by Wolverine Breach

by Jessica Davis

Health Alliance Plan is notifying about 120,000 patients that their personal and medical data was potentially breached after a ransomware attack on its third-party vendor Wolverine Solutions Group in September. According to...

Cybersecurity, Patient Trust, Data Sharing Top Health CIO Priorities

by Jessica Davis

The top priorities of healthcare chief information officers and other leaders are cybersecurity, interoperability, patient trust, data governance, and other areas, depending on the stage of their EHR implementation, according to a new...

Cybersecurity Standards Needed as Interoperability Grows, CHIME says

by Jessica Davis

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives recently sent a list of recommendations to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), outlining the need to include cybersecurity in policies designed...

Laptops Pose Serious Data Security Risk to Hospitals, Health Systems

by Jessica Davis

Hospitals and health systems are continuing to struggle with laptop vulnerabilities, caused primarily by endpoint data loss, excessive user permissions, and dormant accounts, according to new findings from Clearwater CyberIntelligence...

Insider Wrongdoing Causes Breach of 16,000 Kentucky Counseling Patients

by Jessica Davis

Kentucky Counseling Center recently notified 16,440 patients that an employee potentially exfiltrated a list of their data that was later shared with a former staff member. According to the notification, a former employee notified KCC...

Healthcare Email Security Defenses Lag Behind Other Industries

by Jessica Davis

Email security defenses in the healthcare sector lag behind other industries, with healthcare organizations currently in the reaction stage of bolstering its defenses, according a recent Mimecast analysis. Mimecast regularly performs...

Senator Taps FDA, HHS, CMS, NIST for Healthcare Cybersecurity Insights

by Jessica Davis

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, is stepping up his push to bolster cybersecurity in the healthcare sector, calling on the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services, and other federal agencies to provide...

New York Governor to Investigate Facebook Health Data Practices

by Jessica Davis

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered an investigation into Facebook’s health data and sensitive data practices on Friday, following a Wall Street Journal report that found the social media platform might be accessing more data from...

326,000 Patients Impacted in UConn Health Phishing Attack

by Jessica Davis

A phishing attack on UConn Health potentially breached some personal and medical data of 326,000 patients, the Connecticut-based health system announced on Friday. UConn Health recently discovered a hacker accessed a number of employee...

Senator Asks AMA, HIMSS How to Improve Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Jessica Davis

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, is calling on some of the healthcare sector’s biggest stakeholders to share what they are doing to prevent cyberattacks and how those efforts can be supported by the government. The letter was sent to...

Phishing Attack Breaches Data of 30,000 Memorial Hospital Patients

by Jessica Davis

An employee of Memorial Hospital at Gulfport, Mississippi fell victim to a phishing attack, which breached the data of 30,000 patients for more than a week in December. On December 17, officials discovered an unauthorized party gained...

Health Data of 974,000 UW Medicine Patients Exposed for 3 Weeks

by Jessica Davis

The University of Washington Medicine is notifying about 974,000 individuals that some of their patient data was left exposed on the internet for three weeks due to a misconfigured server. The breach was discovered on December 26, when a...

2.7M Medical Calls, Sensitive Audio Exposed Online for 6 Years

by Jessica Davis

A 1177 Swedish Healthcare Guide Service server used to store the phone calls made to the service for healthcare information was left unencrypted and exposed online with no user authentication requirement, according to IDG Computer...

Europol, Bitdefender Share GandCrab Ransomware Decryption Tool

by Jessica Davis

The No More Ransom campaign released a decryption tool for the newest GandCrab ransomware variant, one of the most notorious ransomware families that has hit the healthcare sector hard in the last year. The decryptor was developed in...

Ransomware Attacks Classified as a Felony Under Proposed Maryland Bill

by Jessica Davis

Hackers who launch ransomware attacks would face felony charges and stiffer penalties under recent legislation proposed by Maryland state Senators and cross-filed with House members. The bill directly names hackers who attempt to...

Blue Shield, AltaMed Patient Data Breached in Business Associate Hack

by Jessica Davis

Sharecare Health Data Services (SHDS) recently notified AltaMed Health Services and California Physicians Service (dba Blue Shield of California) of a network hack that potentially breached the data of thousands of their...

Government Report Finds China Could Use Medical Data for Blackmail

by Jessica Davis

China has been rapidly increasing its investment in the US biotechnology sector in recent years, which has potentially given them access to genetic, private, and medical data that could pose a security risk, according to a new report from...

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