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26% of Orgs Would Pay Ransomware After Healthcare Cyberattack

November 14, 2017 - 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, according to a recent survey. Twenty-three percent of UK healthcare IT professionals said they are not confident in their organization’s ability...


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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...

NIST Urges End of SMS Messaging in Two-Factor Authentication

by Elizabeth Snell

Using SMS messaging in two-factor authentication has the risk that information may be intercepted or redirected, and other alternatives should instead be considered, according to a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) draft guide....

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 tools....

How to Protect Your Entity from Healthcare Phishing Attacks

by Lysa Myers of ESET

We read with horror about healthcare organizations getting hacked, spilling personal health details that no one wants to find dumped out onto the public internet. The origins of these attacks are all-too-frequently healthcare phishing attacks,...

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 for...

Improving Patient Data Security with Data-Centric Technology

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations of all sizes are understandably concerned with patient data security, especially as technology continues to evolve and hackers grow more sophisticated. Healthcare data encryption is one key way that covered entities can...

Will Healthcare Data Encryption be Impacted by NIST Guide?

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Healthcare providers and other covered entities under HIPAA regulations may have a new resource on healthcare data encryption standards from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST released the final draft of “NIST...

Creating Secure Healthcare BYOD Environments, Communication

by Tom Toperczer of Brother

Healthcare bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies make sense from a cost-savings and provider-relations perspective. With BYOD, organizations are alleviated from purchasing equipment, plus physicians are likely more satisfied because they can...

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