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CarePlus Health Reports PHI Data Breach Impacting 11K

February 22, 2018 - A series of programming and printing errors resulted in Explanation of Benefits (EOB) letters being sent to the incorrect CarePlus Health Plan members, an organization spokesperson confirmed to Approximately 11,200 individuals may have had their information involved in the PHI data breach. The disclosed information included member names, CarePlus Health identification...

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Decatur County General EMR Security Incident Impacts 24K

by Elizabeth Snell

Tennessee-based Decatur County General Hospital experienced an EMR security incident when unauthorized software was installed on the server the EMR vendor supports on the organization’s behalf. Decatur County received a security incident...

45% of Orgs Claim Employees Biggest Cloud Security Risk

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare cloud security is increasingly critical for organizations as they continue to implement more options for data storage and backup. Employees must also be properly trained on the latest cybersecurity trends to properly mitigate potential...

78% of Healthcare Workers Lack Data Privacy, Security Preparedness

by Elizabeth Snell

Improved data privacy and security employee training programs will greatly benefit healthcare organizations as they work to keep pace against evolving cybersecurity threats, according to recent research. Seventy percent of employees in numerous...

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...

Report Discusses How to Approach Botnets, Cybersecurity Threats

by Elizabeth Snell

There must be greater resilience against botnets and other distributed, automated threats in an effort to properly combat evolving cybersecurity threats, according to a recent report from federal agencies. The Departments of Commerce and Homeland...

US Reports North Korea Caused WannaCry Ransomware Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

The WannaCry ransomware attack that affected numerous sectors around the world, including healthcare organizations, was caused by North Korea, according to Tom Bossert, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism. Bossert...

Healthcare Data Security Attacks Account for 40% of Q3 Incidents

by Elizabeth Snell

Malware and ransomware were top concerns for entities in 2017 Q3, with public and healthcare data security attacks accounting for more than 40 percent of total incidents in that time frame, according to a recent McAfee Labs report. There were...

Healthcare Phishing, Computer Viruses Top Cyber Attack Methods

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations should consider increasing their cybersecurity measures as 83 percent of physicians report they have experienced a cybersecurity attack, according to research from Accenture and the American Medical Association (AMA)....

78% of Providers Report Healthcare Ransomware, Malware Attacks

by Elizabeth Snell

Email is the most likely cause for a data breach, according to recent research, with 78 percent of providers reporting that they experienced a healthcare ransomware or malware attack in the past 12 months. Eighty-seven percent of respondents...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Threats Require HHS Bill of Materials

by Elizabeth Snell

The increasing amount of healthcare cybersecurity threats is pushing organizations to utilize numerous technologies to combat potential dangers. It can often be difficult though to have clear visibility into the hardware or software in those...

State Rep Presses Nuance on NotPetya Malware Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

More details on the June 27, 2017 NotPetya malware attack that affected Nuance should be released, according to a letter from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The healthcare industry can greatly benefit from learning about the details...

Nuance Restores 75% of Clients After NotPetya Malware Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

Massachusetts-based Nuance Communications, Inc. stated that it has restored 75 percent of its clients following the NotPetya malware attack it experienced last month. Nuance Healthcare, which offers a transcription platform used by medical...

NCCIC Cautions Multiple Sectors of Recent Malware Threats

by Elizabeth Snell

Sophisticated malware threats that appear to be leveraging stolen administrative credentials may affect numerous industries, including healthcare, according to a recent National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) warning....

Preparing for the 2017 Healthcare Cybersecurity Threats

by Mac McMillan of CynergisTek

Cybersecurity is a major concern for healthcare executives as we head into 2017. After two years of a steadily increasing cyber threat landscape that resulted in record numbers of patient records compromised, health organizations extorted financially...

CoPilot Security Breach Potentially Impacts 220K Patients

by Kate Monica

On Jan 18, 2017, CoPilot Provider Support Services, Inc. announced it detected unauthorized access of one of its databases and notified potentially impacted patients of the security breach. CoPilot has no evidence any information has been distributed...

ICIT Finds Healthcare Sector at Great Risk for DDoS Attacks

by Elizabeth Snell

With its high dependency on digital records, network connectivity, accessible information, and real-time communication, healthcare is one of the sectors at greatest risk for a DDoS attack, the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology...

DoS, DDoS Attack Prevention Measures for Covered Entities

by Elizabeth Snell

As healthcare continues to adopt Internet of Things (IoT) technology, denial-of-service (DoS) and distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attack prevention measures are becoming more prevalent, according to the latest cybersecurity newsletter from...

Malware Most Common Smart Hospital Data Security Threat

by Elizabeth Snell

Malware is the most common type of potential attack scenario for smart hospitals that poses a data security threat, according to a recent study from the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA). Smart hospitals have...

Hacking Incidents Create Data Breach Security Concerns

by Elizabeth Snell

Current technical safeguards are a critical aspect of any healthcare organization’s security measures, especially as data breach security concerns increase. Third-party hacking incidents can lead to patient privacy issues, and also create issues...


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