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Healthcare Endpoint Attacks Cost the Industry $1.3B Annually

November 17, 2017 - Preparing for potential healthcare endpoint attacks should be a top priority for covered entities, especially with a recent survey showing that organizations believe that an over-reliance on traditional endpoint security is leaving entities exposed. Over half (54 percent) of 665 surveyed IT and security leaders said their company experienced a successful endpoint attack, according to a new...


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Health IT Security, FHIR Focus of ONC Secure API Server Challenge

by Elizabeth Snell

ONC is challenging healthcare stakeholders to build secure Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) servers to improve health IT security and ensure that secure FHIR options are available in the future. The Secure API Server Showdown...

Focusing on Healthcare IoT Security with Expanding Market

by Elizabeth Snell

The Internet of Things (IoT) is quickly becoming a more attractive option to organizations across sectors, but IoT security, standards, interoperability, and cost are still key concerns for executives, a recent report found. Verizon’s State...

Using Threat Intelligence to Improve Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

While 84 percent of organizations consider threat intelligence “essential to a strong security posture,” entities admit that the large amount of threat data and a lack of staff expertise lower their threat program effectiveness, according...

FTC Blogs Review Data Security, Data Breach Prevention Basics

by Elizabeth Snell

The FTC has started a blog series to help organizations better understand the agency’s approach to data security, and to ensure that entities in numerous sectors can create strong data prevention measures. Starting with the FTC’s...

Transforming How Employees Approach Healthcare Data Security

by Bill Kleyman

Some of the biggest trends in today’s healthcare world revolve some form of digital revolution, including in healthcare data security. What’s really amazing about this is that almost every initiative is unique to the requirements...

FTC Data Security Enforcement Standard Center in LabMD Case

by Elizabeth Snell

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh District listened to oral arguments last week in the case of LabMD, Inc. versus the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The Court must determine if the FTC overstepped its authority with its data security...

OIG Notes Va. Medicaid Information Security Vulnerabilities

by Elizabeth Snell

An Office of Inspector General (OIG) audit found the Virginia Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) to have information security vulnerabilities. “Virginia did not adequately secure its Medicaid data and information systems, which...

More Orgs Seeking Staff for Healthcare Privacy, Security Jobs

by Elizabeth Snell

There was a large increase in healthcare privacy and security job postings, indicating that the health information management (HIM) profession is continuing to evolve with the needs of healthcare organizations, according to a recent study...

OCR Urges End-to-End Security, Verified HTTPS to Protect PHI

by Elizabeth Snell

Implementing end-to-end connection security on internet transactions using Secure Hypertext Transport Protocol (HTTPS) can help healthcare organizations better protect PHI and even detect malware, according to OCR’s latest cybersecurity...

NIST Vulnerable Software Guide May Affect Health Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

A collection of strategies for reducing software vulnerabilities could potentially affect healthcare organizations that are looking to improve their health data security measures. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) computer...

3 Tips for Creating Healthcare Security Change, Process Controls

by Bill Kleyman

Healthcare and security are probably some of the hottest topics today. We’re seeing medial IoT emerging, more digitizing of the healthcare ecosystem, and more healthcare services specifically using technology to revolutionize patient care....

OIG Report Finds CO Medicaid Data Security Controls Lacking

by Elizabeth Snell

Colorado’s Medicaid data security may have increased risk due to vulnerabilities found in the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) information systems according to a recent investigation by the Office for Inspector...

Coordinating Healthcare Data Center Security, Cloud Security

by Bill Kleyman

The modern healthcare IT environment has quickly become the home of next-generation technologies. Still, the proliferation of cloud computing and the data-on-demand generation has created new types of challenges for today’s healthcare IT...

ONC Blockchain Challenge Winners Emphasize Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

ONC blockchain challenge winners were announced earlier this week, with the top white papers focusing on recommendations for market viability and creativity, as well as the advancement of health information flow. There were more than 70 submissions,...

Data Security Vulnerabilities Found in CMS Wireless Networks

by Elizabeth Snell

While the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has effective security controls in place to prevent cybersecurity attacks, some data security vulnerabilities were found in its wireless networks, according to a recent Office of Inspector...

Why Healthcare Data Security, Compliance Issues Go Untreated

by Dave Brunswick of Cleo Communications

If there ever was a pulse of healthcare operations, it’s data. From patient enrollment forms, electronic health records, and health insurance information, the amount of electronic data flowing through the medical community increases every...

Planned Parenthood Health Data Breach Affects 2K Patients

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland faces a possible healthcare data breach affecting 2,506 patients after paper records were exposed during the closure of a healthcare center in Iowa, according to a company press release. Patients at the Dubuque...

FDA Drafts Health Data Sharing Guidance for Medical Devices

by Jacqueline Belliveau

According to recent draft guidance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), medical device manufacturers can look to new health data sharing guidelines to help relieve previous patient privacy concerns. “Although not generally required...

Healthcare Cloud Security Concerns Not Impediment to Usage

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Public and private cloud solutions are gaining popularity in the healthcare industry, especially for data storage and network usage, despite issues surrounding healthcare cloud security and PHI data breaches. Researchers at HyTrust recently published...

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