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Cybersecurity in Healthcare

HPH SCC Set To Issue Cybersecurity Best Practices for Healthcare

by Fred Donovan

The Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council (HPH SCC) soon plans to release voluntary cybersecurity best practices for medical device manufacturers and healthcare providers, the groups announced Oct. 1 on the kickoff...

Partnership Uses Blockchain Technology To Secure Fertility Data

by Fred Donovan

A partnership between Donor Concierge and ALTR will use blockchain technology to secure health data and patient privacy for FRTYL, a service that links fertility agencies and clinics with parents seeking infertility...

FDA Unveils MITRE’s Medical Device Security Playbook

by Fred Donovan

The FDA released Oct. 1 a medical device security playbook it developed with MITRE to advise healthcare organizations on securing their medical equipment.  The playbook is intended to enable healthcare organizations plan for and...

FDA’s Cybersecurity Unit Would Set Up CyberMed Safety Board

by Fred Donovan

The FDA’s proposed cybersecurity unit would help establish the public-private CyberMed Safety Board mentioned in the FDA's medical device safety action plan issued in April, FDA spokeswoman Stephanie Caccomo recently told...

VON Canada Recovers from Devastating Ransomware Attack

by Fred Donovan

Home-based healthcare organization VON Canada is recovering from a ransomware attack that shutdown all its computers systems, forcing it to revert to manual operations for scheduling care and exchanging patient information. VON Canada...

While New Strains Slow, Ransomware Attacks Continue Apace

by Fred Donovan

While the emergence of new ransomware strains has slowed, the total number of ransomware samples is growing, fueling continued ransomware attacks, according to the latest data from McAfee Labs. The number of ransomware samples increased...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Is a Top 2019 Executive Challenge

by Fred Donovan

Healthcare cybersecurity will be one of the top 10 challenges, issues, and/or opportunities facing healthcare executives next year, according to a new poll by the Healthcare Executive Group (HCEG). Healthcare cybersecurity covers such...

HHS Still Leads in DMARC Implementation To Stop Phishing Attacks

by Fred Donovan

With the Oct. 16 deadline looming, HHS continues to lead in securing the most domains of any federal agency as part of the DMARC protocol implementation, which is designed to prevent phishing attacks from succeeding. As of Sept. 14, HHS...

Europol Warns Nation-States Behind More Ransomware Attacks

by Fred Donovan

The European law enforcement agency Europol is warning that nation-states are increasingly behind ransomware attacks, such as the 2017 WannaCry campaign. The WannaCry ransomware targeted medical devices and...

Healthcare Workers Uninformed About Cybersecurity Best Practices

by Fred Donovan

Forty percent of healthcare workers would allow a colleague to use their work computer, displaying a disturbing lack of knowledge about cybersecurity best practices. Surprisingly, healthcare workers performed better than government...

Healthcare Lags Other Industries in Phishing Attack Resiliency Rate

by Fred Donovan

Healthcare trails other major industries in its phishing attack resiliency rate, which measures the ratio between people who report a phish versus those who fall victim to one, according to a report released Sept. 17 by Cofense. The...

OIG Backs FDA Process Changes To Boost Medical Device Security

by Fred Donovan

To improve medical device security, the HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is recommending that the FDA better integrate cybersecurity criteria into its premarket review process for medical devices. In a report released Sept. 10,...

Consumers Have Most Confidence In Physician’s Health Data Security

by Fred Donovan

A full 87 percent of consumers surveyed by Rock Health said that they had confidence in the health data security of their physician, but that number dropped to 68 percent for pharmacies and 60 percent for health insurance...

FDA Expects Updated Medical Device Security Guidance This Fall

by Fred Donovan

The FDA plans to update its premarket guidance for medical device security this fall, said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb during a Sept. 5 speech to the Medical Device Innovation Consortium 2018 Annual Public Forum. The guidance will...

Healthcare Data Presents Lucrative Target for Cyberattackers

by Fred Donovan

The healthcare sector will remain one of the most targeted industries by cyberattackers because of its valuable healthcare data, judged a report published Sept. 6 by Marsh & McLennan Companies' Global Risk Center. In fact, more...

9 Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities Found in Philips E-Alert Tool

by Fred Donovan

Nine cybersecurity vulnerabilities have been found in the Philips e-Alert Unit, a tool that monitors MRI system performance, according to an Aug. 30 ICS-CERT advisory. Attackers could exploit these vulnerabilities to compromise user...

For ASCs, Size Matters When It Comes to Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Fred Donovan

For ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), healthcare cybersecurity challenges and responses are different depending on the size of the operation, observed Tom Hui, founder of SurgiCenter Information Systems and CEO of HSTpathways. Hui noted...

Qualcomm’s Medical Gateway Has Critical Cybersecurity Vulnerability

by Fred Donovan

Qualcomm Life’s Capsule Datacaptor Terminal Server, a medical gateway device, has a critical cybersecurity vulnerability in its code that could enable an attacker to obtain administrator-level privileges, ICS-CERT warned in an...

Wireless Infusion Pumps Could Increase Cybersecurity Vulnerability

by Fred Donovan

Wirelessly connecting infusion pumps to point-of-care medication systems and EHRs improves healthcare delivery but also increases cybersecurity vulnerability, warned NIST and the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) in a new...

Critical Cybersecurity Vulnerability Found in BD Alaris Plus Pump

by Fred Donovan

The BD Alaris Plus medical syringe pump has a critical cybersecurity vulnerability that could enable an attacker to gain remote access to the pump and affect its operation when it is connected to a terminal server via the serial port, BD...

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