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Cybersecurity in Healthcare

NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework Focuses on Education

by Elizabeth Snell

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) released a Cybersecurity Workforce Framework to help organizations in various sectors educate and train staff members in needed cybersecurity measures. Entities will also have guidance...

HIMSS: Medical Device Security, Data Breaches Top Concerns

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare security professionals are mainly concerned with medical device security, patient safety, and data breaches, according to the 2017 HIMSS Cybersecurity survey. More healthcare organizations are working toward their cybersecurity programs,...

DHS, Siemens Warn of Potential Medical Device Vulnerabilities

by Elizabeth Snell

Possible medical device vulnerabilities, specifically within medical imaging products, have been identified, according to an advisory from the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team...

HITRUST, Trend Micro Set to Improve Cyber Threat Management

by Elizabeth Snell

HITRUST and Trend Micro have partnered together in an effort to further advance cyber threat information sharing and the cyber threat management process, according to a HITRUST release. The HITRUST Cyber Threat Management and Response Center...

OCR Stresses Employee Training Need in PHI Security

by Elizabeth Snell

The need for strong employee training only increases as the healthcare risk landscape grows and threatens PHI security, according to the recent OCR cybersecurity newsletter. Data security training is necessary for combatting threats such as ransomware...

Why Healthcare Cybersecurity Budgets Should Increase

by Elizabeth Snell

As HIPAA data breaches continue to be reported, it would make sense that healthcare cybersecurity budgets increase as necessary to ensure that organizations are prepared for potential attacks. Making investments in technological safeguards, employee...

Nuance Restores 75% of Clients After NotPetya Malware Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

Massachusetts-based Nuance Communications, Inc. stated that it has restored 75 percent of its clients following the NotPetya malware attack it experienced last month. Nuance Healthcare, which offers a transcription platform used by medical...

Healthcare Risk Management Key Area in New HITRUST Program

by Elizabeth Snell

A Community Extension Program designed to aid healthcare organizations discuss challenges, best practices, and lessons learned in healthcare risk management programs will soon be launched nationwide, according to HITRUST. The program will also...

Best Practices for Preventing Phishing Attacks, Data Breaches

by Elizabeth Snell

The Anthem data breach from 2015 was a wakeup call for numerous industries, but especially healthcare, showing that phishing attacks can have far reaching effects. A $115 million settlement proposal was announced in June 2017, which would require...

Poll Finds Healthcare Cybersecurity Needs Managed In-House

by Elizabeth Snell

Nearly half of healthcare professionals – 47 percent – said that their organization utilizes a mix of in-house and outsourced healthcare cybersecurity needs, according to the latest Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) Stat...

NIST Cybersecurity Included in Latest HITRUST CSF Version

by Elizabeth Snell

Version 9 of the HITRUST CSF will be released in August 2017 and is set to address the NIST Cybersecurity Framework requirements as well, according to a HISTRUST statement. A single assessment will include the necessary controls to address the...

DHS Updates on Federal Network Cybersecurity, Infrastructure

by Elizabeth Snell

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) recently posted updates on federal network cybersecurity measures, along with current steps being taken to strengthen infrastructure...

NIST Funding Can Strengthen National Cybersecurity Efforts

by Elizabeth Snell

An increase in National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) funding for fiscal year 2018 will help support critical public-private efforts to strengthen national cybersecurity, according to HIMSS and other industry stakeholders. HIMSS...

Overcoming File Sharing, Healthcare Cloud Security Concerns

by Elizabeth Snell

Potential file sharing and healthcare cloud security risks must be addressed in covered entities’ and business associates’ risk analyses, according to the latest OCR cybersecurity newsletter. These collaboration tools can greatly...

Keeping Healthcare Information Security Training a Priority

by Elizabeth Snell

Without the right information security training, healthcare providers could fall victim to numerous types of cybersecurity issues, such as a ransomware attack. Employees at all levels need to understand the types of warning signs to look for...

Incentivize Cybersecurity Best Practices for Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

Maintaining strong patient data security in the ever-evolving healthcare IT space will heavily depend on strong cyber hygiene and proper cybersecurity best practices, according to American Medical Association Board of Trustees Secretary Jesse...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Measures Must Evolve for Success

by Elizabeth Snell

The cybersecurity skills gap is affecting numerous industries. However, healthcare cybersecurity measures truly cannot afford to fall behind, according to ISACA Board Director Rob Clyde. Citing data from the recent ISACA State of Cyber Security...

Healthcare Data Breach Costs Highest for 7th Straight Year

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare data breach costs are the highest among surveyed sectors for the seventh straight year, according to the 2017 Cost of a Data Breach Study: Global Overview. The average cost of a data breach is $3.62 million globally, which...

Overcoming the Healthcare Cybersecurity Workforce Shortage

by Elizabeth Snell

Having a well-trained healthcare cybersecurity workforce is critical for covered entities, especially as organizations continue to implement new technologies. However, a recent (ISC)²  report found that there is an increasing cybersecurity...

HHS: Microsoft Vulnerabilities Impact Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

The HHS Healthcare Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (HCCIC) recently warned the healthcare sector of potential healthcare cybersecurity issues stemming from reported Microsoft vulnerabilities. Both Microsoft and the Department...

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