Healthcare Information Security

Cybersecurity in Healthcare

How Cybersecurity Affects the Evolving Healthcare CISO Role

by Elizabeth Snell

The healthcare C-suite continues to evolve, along with the increasingly complex cybersecurity threats. Healthcare CISOs must now have knowledge in many areas, and understand just how far data breach repercussions can go.  The Chief Information...

Preparing Healthcare Data Security for the IoT Revolution

by Bill Kleyman

We oftentimes start these security articles with trends, an overview of what happened, and maybe a recent event revolving around cloud security or healthcare data security. The reality is that security has morphed into an ever-changing threat...

How Healthcare Benefits from Cybersecurity Guidelines

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare entities have several key cybersecurity frameworks to utilize when it comes to implementing necessary cybersecurity guidelines. However, not all organizations necessarily have access to the same type of guidance. Nearly half –...

Risk-Based Cybersecurity Approach Key in HHS IT Strategic Plan

by Elizabeth Snell

Improving cybersecurity measures with a risk-based approach is a key component of the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) recently released Information Technology Strategic Plan FY 2017-2020. The plan is part of an HHS collaborative...

CHIME Calls for HHS to Prioritize Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

Improving healthcare cybersecurity must be a top priority for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) explained in a recent letter to the new HHS Secretary. HHS should...

Recent Cybersecurity Bill Focuses on State, Local Preparation

by Elizabeth Snell

A reintroduced cybersecurity bill hopes to help state and local governments fight against the increasing number of cybersecurity threats. The State and Local Cyber Protection Act will require more coordination with the Department of...

Preparing for Increasing Healthcare Cybersecurity Risks

by Elizabeth Snell

The more connected that covered entities and business associates become, such as through the use of IoT devices and BYOD strategies, they must ensure that potential healthcare cybersecurity risks remain a top consideration.   Failing to...

79K Patients Affected by Emory Healthcare Data Breach

by Kate Monica

Nearly 80,000 patients were potentially impacted by a recent data breach at Georgia-based Emory Healthcare’s Orthopaedics & Spine Center and Brain Health Center (EHC) at Emory Clinic. On January 3, 2017, EHC became aware of an incident...

HITRUST CSF Roadmap Focuses on Small Healthcare Orgs, NIST CSF

by Elizabeth Snell

HITRUST announced enhancements to its cybersecurity framework, which will assist smaller healthcare organizations create stronger risk management programs, cybersecurity measures, and help them achieve NIST Cybersecurity Framework (NIST CSF)...

OCR Calls for Healthcare Cybersecurity Collaboration

by Elizabeth Snell

The government, private sector, and international network defense communities all need to work toward stronger collaboration and information sharing to combat the increasing amount of healthcare cybersecurity threats, the Office for Civil Rights...

Why Healthcare Cybersecurity is a Risk Management Issue

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations are slowly working to increase their healthcare cybersecurity governance, staffing, and budgetary resources, but there is still room for improvement, according to a recent study. The second annual HIMSS Analytics HIT...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Increasingly Key Issue in C-Suite

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare providers are continuing to prioritize cybersecurity concerns, according to a recent KLAS Research and College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) study. In efforts to ensure stronger data security measures, more...

ISACA Finds Cybersecurity Skills Gap Leaves 25% of Orgs Exposed

by Elizabeth Snell

Evolving cybersecurity threats pose dangers to numerous industries, including healthcare, but a recent survey indicates that there is a cybersecurity skills gap that leaves entities exposed for months at a time. Over one-third of respondents...

DHS Issues Update on St. Jude Medical Device Vulnerability

by Elizabeth Snell

Successfully exploiting a medical device vulnerability found in certain St. Jude devices may give a remote attacker access to communication endpoints, according to a recent advisory from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The follow-up...

Michigan Cybersecurity Breach Could Impact 22K Patients

by Elizabeth Snell

Flint, Michigan-based Singn and Arora Oncology Hematology is notifying 22,000 patients that some of their information may have been accessed in a cybersecurity breach, according to an ABC12 report. An unauthorized user reportedly accessed...

Preventing Insider Threats from Affecting Health Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

There are numerous potential threats to health data security, and the increasingly complex level of technology will only help add to that threat level. Insider threats are one key area of concern, as careless or poorly trained employees could...

GAO Finds DHS Cybersecurity Measures Have Room for Improvement

by Elizabeth Snell

While the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has worked toward implementing necessary cybersecurity measures in its National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), there are still factors impeding its efficiency and effectiveness,...

Consumers Worried National Data Privacy Capabilities Lacking

by Elizabeth Snell

With many Americans admitting to having personal experience with a major data breach, it should come as no surprise that they have concerns with how the government and other corporations handle data privacy. Out of 1,040 surveyed adults, 64 percent...

Security Operations Centers Falling Below Optimal Levels

by Elizabeth Snell

The majority of security operations centers (SOCs), which assist organizations in mitigating potential cybersecurity risks, are falling below the optimal maturity level, according to research from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). The HPE State...

Working to Overcome the Cybersecurity Skills Gap in Healthcare

by Elizabeth Snell

The cybersecurity threat landscape is ever-evolving, forcing many industries to hire individuals with applicable cybersecurity skills to keep sensitive data secure. Healthcare is no different, with ransomware attacks, malware incidents, and other...

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