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Vulnerable APIs Could Be Used to Execute a Healthcare Data Breach

July 5, 2018 - Application programming interfaces (APIs) will be exploited more by hackers to gain access to healthcare organizations and execute a healthcare data breach or other type of cyberattack, according to the June 2018 HIMSS Healthcare and Cross-sector Cybersecurity Report. Common API attack vectors include man in the middle attacks, session cookie tampering, and distributed denial of...


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Organizations Lack Adequate Budget for Medical Device Security

by Fred Donovan

Despite recognizing medical device security as a priority, only 37 percent of more than 100 healthcare practitioners had budgets to implement their device security strategy, according to a HIMSS survey. Most respondents (85%) said...

Healthcare Pros Worry about Data Security at Other Organizations

by Fred Donovan

Many healthcare professionals are conflicted when it comes to data security. More than three-fourths of 122 healthcare professionals surveyed by security vendor Venafi at HIMSS18 are worried about healthcare data security, yet 68 percent...

HIPAA Compliant Secure Messaging Top Mobile Communication Driver

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare IT teams are looking toward HIPAA compliant secure messaging options for their ideal mobile communication solution, according to a recent survey from PatientSafe Solutions. Seventy-seven percent of IT respondents said secure...

Healthcare Ransomware, Data Breaches Represent Top Industry Threats

by Elizabeth Snell

For the second straight year, healthcare data breaches were cited as a top threat to the industry, according to the annual HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey. Healthcare ransomware and malware that steals credentials are also key worry areas for...

HIMSS18 Focusing on Holistic Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare IT privacy and security professionals will soon be flocking to Las Vegas for the 2018 HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition (HIMSS18). Starting on March 5, healthcare stakeholders will work their way around the Venetian...

HIMSS: NIST CSF Can Improve Healthcare Cybersecurity Infrastructure

by Elizabeth Snell

NIST’s second draft of its Cybersecurity Framework (the Framework) is overall a positive step toward improving the nation’s cybersecurity, according to comments from HIMSS. However, there is room for some improvement to ensure...

How Healthcare Orgs Can Implement Strong End-User Security

by Elizabeth Snell

End-user security is a critical aspect to overall health data security, especially as more organizations are implementing technologies allowing employees to be mobile. HIMSS Privacy and Security Director Lee Kim JD, CISSP, CIPP/US, FHIMSS...

Stakeholders Stress Healthcare Cybersecurity Focus for HHS

by Elizabeth Snell

Ensuring that healthcare cybersecurity measures continue to improve must remain a key focus area for HHS, industry stakeholders explained in responses to the HHS Information Technology Strategic Plan FY 2017-2020. Cybersecurity and...

Data Security Key Focus in HIMSS Healthcare Blockchain Group

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare blockchain could greatly impact the industry, especially as it will help patients own and gather their own data. However, data security and other key areas cannot be overlooked, explained the HIMSS Blockchain Work Group. The...

HIMSS Calls for Secure Data Exchange, HHS Cybersecurity Role

by Elizabeth Snell

In two separate publications, HIMSS has stressed the need for nationwide secure data exchange and also maintained that healthcare must have “a champion at HHS encouraging stakeholders to be proactive and relentlessly vigilant about...

Education, Information Sharing Key in Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

Creating a strong culture of healthcare cybersecurity, including employee education, risk assessments, and information sharing are all essential aspects for healthcare organizations currently, according to industry stakeholders. Cook...

Stakeholders Highlight Secure Exchange in Comments to ONC

by Elizabeth Snell

In response to the 21st Century Cures Act Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement from ONC, organizations have been submitting comments focusing on secure exchange, the need for standardization, and...

HIMSS Stresses Proactive Healthcare Cybersecurity Measures

by Elizabeth Snell

Regular risk assessments, updating business continuity plans, and implementing a cybersecurity framework are all key ways for providers to follow a proactive healthcare cybersecurity approach, according to HIMSS Director of Privacy and...

HIMSS: Medical Device Security, Data Breaches Top Concerns

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare security professionals are mainly concerned with medical device security, patient safety, and data breaches, according to the 2017 HIMSS Cybersecurity survey. More healthcare organizations are working toward their cybersecurity...

Applying Healthcare Information Sharing to Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

As cybersecurity threats continue to evolve, healthcare information sharing can be a boon to organizations of all sizes. Industry stakeholders can learn best practices, and see how others in the sector are working to prevent data security...

Industry Applauds HHS Cybersecurity Task Force Report

by Elizabeth Snell

In the wake of the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force releasing its report to Congress, the healthcare industry has largely had a positive reaction to the report’s recommendations on how to protect against evolving...

Employee Healthcare Data Security Awareness Top Industry Threat

by Elizabeth Snell

Approximately 80 percent of surveyed health IT executives and professionals report that employee security awareness is their greatest concern regarding healthcare data security. The 2017 Level 3 Healthcare Security Study was...

HIMSS Urges Holistic Approach in NIST Cybersecurity Framework

by Elizabeth Snell

Having a holistic approach to healthcare cybersecurity is essential in the industry, but there is a lack of alignment between the people, processes, and technology, according to HIMSS. That lack of alignment often creates difficulty for...

Ransomware, Medical Device Security Top HIMSS17 Topics

by Elizabeth Snell

With HIMSS17 right around the corner, it’s time for healthcare IT professionals to gear up for the annual conference breaking down the industry’s hottest topics. Last year saw a drastic increase in ransomware attacks, so it...

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