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Healthcare Data Encryption Used by Half of US Organizations

by Fred Donovan

Around 50 percent of US healthcare IT pros said their organizations are investing in healthcare data encryption to protect sensitive data, according to a recent survey by network management and security company Infoblox. Encryption of PHI...

Data Security Key Consideration for Healthcare Blockchain Success

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare data security, data storage, data availability, and confidentiality are some of the most important characteristics in the application of healthcare blockchain, according to the latest edition of Blockchain in...

Proposed Iowa Data Breach Bill Accounts for Health Data

by Elizabeth Snell

Recently proposed updates to Iowa’s data breach bill would include medical information and health insurance information under the definition of “personal information.” Organizations would also need to provide notification...

12K Affected in ShopRite Supermarkets Data Security Incident

by Elizabeth Snell

ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc. announced that the Kingston, New York ShopRite experienced a data security incident that potentially put personal and medical information of customers at risk. A pharmacy device that captured signatures was...

$2M Settlement Reached in Cottage Health Data Breach Case

by Elizabeth Snell

Cottage Health System recently reached a $2 million settlement with the California Attorney General’s office after two separate health data breach incidents that took place in 2013 and 2015. In total, more than 50,000 patients had...

PHI Security Could Be At Risk in Boston Scientific Medical Device

by Elizabeth Snell

A Boston Scientific medical device was found to have a vulnerability that could compromise PHI security, according to Whitescope researchers Jonathan Butts and Billy Rios. The Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial...

OPM Data Breach Controls Improved, Further Action Required

by Elizabeth Snell

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has made improvements in its data security, but a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report still outlined several areas where OPM data breach controls can be strengthened. The 2015 OPM data...

Healthcare Data Encryption not ‘Required,’ but Very Necessary

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare cybersecurity is essential for covered entities of all sizes, especially as ransomware attacks and other types of malware become more common. Healthcare data encryption is often discussed in these situations as well, with many...

TN Updates Data Breach Notification Law for Encrypted Data

by Elizabeth Snell

Any person or business that conducts business in Tennessee is only required give data breach notification if the information acquired was unencrypted, according to a recently passed amendment. Amended Senate Bill 547 states that encrypted...

2013 Horizon BCBS Data Breach Leads to $1.1M Settlement

by Elizabeth Snell

Horizon Healthcare Service, Inc., which operates as Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ), recently agreed to a $1.1 million settlement for data breach allegations from 2013. Along with the payment, Horizon BCBSNJ...

Children’s Medical Center Issued $3.2M OCR HIPAA Penalty

by Elizabeth Snell

Children’s Medical Center of Dallas (Children’s) was recently given an OCR HIPAA civil money penalty due to ePHI disclosure and several years of HIPAA non-compliance, according to a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)...

Data Encryption Workgroup Report Discusses Privacy Concerns

by Elizabeth Snell

It is important to remember that there is not a “one-size-fits-all” answer or a “solution” to the debate over whether or not data encryption should be utilized by organizations or the government, the bipartisan...

How Evolving Cyber Threats Affect Health Data Encryption

by Elizabeth Snell

Data encryption options are quickly becoming a top security choice for healthcare organizations that are looking to remain innovative but still keep patient data out of the wrong hands. With a recent survey showing the quick growth of the...

Encryption Aspect Amended in CA Data Breach Notification Law

by Elizabeth Snell

Starting in 2017, data breach notification will be required for instances when encrypted personal information of California residents has been breached and certain conditions are met, according to a recently amended state law....

Can SSL Decryption Prevent Healthcare Data Breaches?

by Elizabeth Snell

Utilizing data encryption methods is often touted as a way to prevent healthcare data breaches, as it could help prevent sensitive information from being easily accessible. Preventing and even preventing network attacks should be a top...

How Unvalidated Encryption Threatens Patient Data Security

by Ray Potter of SafeLogic

Technology vendors building solutions for deployment in healthcare love to talk about encryption and how it can help patient data security. It’s the silver bullet that allows physicians and patients alike to embrace new apps and...

Neb. Data Breach Notification Law Clarifies Encryption Aspect

by Elizabeth Snell

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts signed an amended version of the state’s data breach notification law last month, which further clarifies the data encryption exemption and expands the definition of personal information. LB835 made...

Staying HIPAA Compliant While Using Health Data Encryption

by Jon Senger of Vertiscale

Many people may be surprised to learn that HIPAA laws do not require any specific type of health data encryption. However, regulatory updates since the Security Rule’s enactment have shown how critical HHS thinks encryption is, and...

CA Data Breach Report: Healthcare Data Encryption Necessary

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare data encryption is a “particular imperative,” and one that should also be considered for other organizations when it comes to protecting personal data stored on laptops, desktop computers, and mobile devices,...

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