Healthcare Information Security

Cybersecurity in Healthcare

DoS, DDoS Attack Prevention Measures for Covered Entities

by Elizabeth Snell

As healthcare continues to adopt Internet of Things (IoT) technology, denial-of-service (DoS) and distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attack prevention measures are becoming more prevalent, according to the latest cybersecurity newsletter from...

How Healthcare Cybersecurity Ties into Larger National Plan

by Elizabeth Snell

Many findings from a recent report by the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity have direct ties to the future of healthcare cybersecurity, according to Lee Kim, director of privacy and security for HIMSS North America. The Commission...

Malware Most Common Smart Hospital Data Security Threat

by Elizabeth Snell

Malware is the most common type of potential attack scenario for smart hospitals that poses a data security threat, according to a recent study from the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA). Smart hospitals have...

Strong Cybersecurity Measures Need Security in IoT Devices

by Elizabeth Snell

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently published guidelines on how organizations can utilize cybersecurity measures for IoT devices, and underlined the importance of ensuring that security systems are built directly...

IDC Predicts Healthcare Ransomware Attacks to Double by 2018

by Elizabeth Snell

Numerous industries have been working to combat, prevent, and mitigate malicious malware attacks. The healthcare sector has found itself particularly vulnerable to such attacks, and research has shown that the number of healthcare ransomware...

US-CERT Updates Cybersecurity Incident Notification Guidelines

by Elizabeth Snell

The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) announced its new cybersecurity incident notification guidelines, which will go into effect on April 1, 2017. The guidelines will affect all Federal departments and agencies, as well as state,...

House Subcommittee Talks Connected Device Cybersecurity Issues

by Elizabeth Snell

While the connected devices industry is seeing intense growth with evolving technologies, it is also important to be aware of the current cybersecurity issues, according to a recent hearing held by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee....

NH-ISAC, MDISS Collaborate for Medical Device Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

Three national organizations recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in an effort to improve medical device cybersecurity measures. The National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center (NH-ISAC), the Medical Device Innovation,...

Education, Planning Critical in Ransomware Preparation

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare ransomware has quickly become one of the top cybersecurity concerns for both covered entities and business associates. Without proper training and a thorough backup plan, organizations could find themselves in trouble should an attack...

EHNAC, HITRUST Eliminate Health Data Security Redundancies

by Elizabeth Snell

In an effort to help healthcare organizations cut down on certain health data security and privacy redundancies, two accreditation and certification organizations recently decided to work together on reducing costs and streamlining the processes...

HIMSS Praises DHS National Cybersecurity Response Plan

by Elizabeth Snell

Understanding the dimensions of potential cyber threats and providing better clarification on what equates a significant cyber incident are two suggestions the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) provided to the Department...

Health IT Leaders Cite Data Theft As Key Cybersecurity Concern

by Elizabeth Snell

Social engineering attacks and data theft are the main cybersecurity concerns when it comes to health IT, according to a recent survey of healthcare chief information and chief information security officers. The College of Healthcare Information...

How Can Covered Entities Best Prepare for Ransomware Threats?

by Bill Kleyman

Please don’t turn a blind eye to ransomware threats, or think “it won’t happen to me.” Because it can, and it very well may. Today, healthcare has already become a digital entity with more digital assets and very sensitive...

Many Healthcare Ransomware Attacks Impact Providers, Patients

by Elizabeth Snell

When a covered entity is impacted by a healthcare ransomware attack, the recovery process is not always easy. Not only will daily operations likely be impacted, but patients could also feel the effects. Whether the ransomware caused patient records...

Improving Health Data Security with Payment Security Controls

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare data encryption options are often touted as key ways for covered entities and business associates to strengthen their health data security. That includes payment security controls, which should be considered as part of a provider’s...

Top 4 Healthcare Data Breaches Stem from Hacking Incident

by Elizabeth Snell

While 2016 is not yet complete, there have already been approximately 250 reported cases of potential healthcare data breaches affecting more than 500 individuals submitted to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). The majority of these incidents...

What is the Full Impact of a Healthcare Cybersecurity Attack?

by Elizabeth Snell

Large-scale healthcare data breaches are not new to the healthcare industry, and healthcare cybersecurity attacks are becoming more intricate and difficult to predict. However, the initial attack is not always where the story ends for covered...

How User Training Affects Healthcare Ransomware Preparation

by Elizabeth Snell

Covered entities and business associates have numerous areas to consider when it comes to preparing against potential healthcare ransomware threats. It is not enough to just install firewalls and anti-virus software. Organizations need to implement...

Using Layered Security for Evolving Cybersecurity Threats

by Elizabeth Snell

The healthcare industry possesses large amounts of sensitive information, yet is consistently vulnerable to the evolving cybersecurity threats. Refusing to adapt to the changing threat landscape, and work to implement a layered security approach...

Attorneys Find Healthcare Cybersecurity Threats Increasing

by Elizabeth Snell

The majority of corporate healthcare attorneys have found that healthcare cybersecurity threats are increasing, and that they are being called upon more often to evaluate whether a security incident implicates reporting obligations. A survey...


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