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Healthcare Industry Worst in Stopping Insider Data Breaches

April 11, 2018 - The healthcare industry is the worst when it comes to stopping insider data breaches, according to Verizon’s 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) released April 10. The report found that the healthcare industry was the only sector that had more internal actors (56 percent) behind data breaches than external actors (43 percent). This isn’t always malicious. Errors made...


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5 HIPAA Data Breaches Lead to $3.5M OCR Settlement

by Elizabeth Snell

Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA) recently agreed to a $3.5 million OCR settlement following allegations that it committed HIPAA violations on five different occasions at separate FMCNA covered entities. FMCNA provides product and...

Retirement Community Reports Potential PHI Data Breach for 5.2K

by Elizabeth Snell

Maryland-based Westminster Ingleside King Farm Presbyterian Retirement Communities, Inc. (Ingleside) experienced a possible PHI data breach when it was targeted by a malware attack, according to an online statement. Ingleside discovered the malware...

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 within...

57% of Orgs Spend Money on Endpoint, Mobile Security Technologies

by Elizabeth Snell

With data breaches on the rise, organizations are increasingly turning to cloud, big data, Internet of Things (IoT), container, blockchain and/or mobile environments, recent research shows. Furthermore, over half of surveyed entities are focusing...

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 inadvertently...

$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 their...

26% of Orgs Would Pay Ransomware After Healthcare Cyberattack

by Elizabeth Snell

While the majority of healthcare IT and security professionals in the UK and US are confident in their organization’s ability to respond to a healthcare cyberattack, there are still some that are not sure their entity can properly respond,...

Top Tips for Mobile Device Security, Keeping ePHI Secure

by Elizabeth Snell

More healthcare organizations are utilizing smart phones, laptops, and tablets for daily operations, but failing to include these devices in an enterprise-wide risk analysis could lead to mobile device security issues. Entities need to maintain...

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 Control Systems...

Potential BD Medical Device Security Vulnerability Identified

by Elizabeth Snell

Researchers identified a potential medical device security vulnerability in Becton, Dickinson and Company’s (BD) Alaris 8015 Point of Care (PC) unit Version 9.5, according to the Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control...

3 Tips to Ensure Healthcare Data Security in Evolving Environment

by Bill Kleyman

There’s so much happening with new types of advanced security technologies. Healthcare data security teams must analyze solutions around on premise as well as cloud options. Furthermore, the granularity of security makes it a challenge...

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 in the...

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 must...

25% of Healthcare Orgs Not Encrypting Patient Data in Cloud

by Elizabeth Snell

While more healthcare organizations are considering some form of cloud computing, they might be putting sensitive information at risk by failing to encrypt patient data, according to a recent survey. HyTrust found that even though healthcare...

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) release....

Why Healthcare Must Invest in Data Security Measures

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare cybersecurity threats continue to evolve, and with cases of ransomware infiltrating provider networks, patient data security and patient safety could both be put at risk. Healthcare organizations must ensure that they are making strong...

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 Encryption...

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 global...

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 priority...

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