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HIPAA Administrative Safeguards

How Insider Threats May Affect Healthcare Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

Malware attacks are becoming an increasingly major threat to covered entities, but if a recent report is any indication, insider threats could also lead to healthcare data security compromises. More than 200 C-level security executives and IT...

NIST Cybersecurity Framework Updates, Clarification Underway

by Elizabeth Snell

The NIST Cybersecurity Framework will receive a minor update, which will include updating the informative references, clarifying guidance for implementation tiers, and placement of cyber threat intelligence in the core, according to a recent...

Improper Employee Access Creates Potential Health Data Breach

by Jacqueline Belliveau

ProMedica, a healthcare organization in Ohio, has investigated a potential healthcare data breach after discovering several employees had inappropriately accessed the private medical records for patients they were not directly treating. According...

Hackers Cause Possible Healthcare Data Breach for 40K Patients

by Jacqueline Belliveau

A Connecticut-based podiatry group is facing a possible healthcare data breach that has impacted approximately 40,491 individuals after hackers accessed network services, according to the Office of Civil Rights data breach report. An outside...

Do Employee Errors Jeopardize Healthcare Data Security?

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Many people have heard the adage that humans are not perfect. But, when it comes to patient information, human imperfections can lead to serious healthcare data security issues. In a recent survey from Experian Data Breach Resolution and Ponemon...

Preparing for Online Attacks in Hospital Data Security

by Tom DeSot of Digital Defense, Inc.

Following recent headlines highlighting online attacks to hospital data security around the country, many are discussing the growth of not only ransomware, but various methods of targeted attacks and how to stop them. One way is for hospitals...

How NIST Design Guide Could Impact Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Health IT developers are experiencing a serious dilemma when it comes to innovating the latest technologies while simultaneously developing the strongest healthcare cybersecurity measures for their inventions. Healthcare providers are also investing...

Potential Medicaid Data Breach for 13K Louisiana Recipients

by Elizabeth Snell

The Louisiana Attorney General’s office recently announced that an individual was arrested on Medicaid fraud charges, stemming from stolen Louisiana Healthcare Connections (LHCC) information. LHCC explained in a statement on its website...

Evolution, Not Revolution Coming to Healthcare Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

When it comes to protecting sensitive information and maintaining strong healthcare data security, it is not a matter of revolutionary changes, but rather evolutionary change, according to Kate Borten, president and founder of The Marblehead...

How Administrative Safeguards Can Prevent Data Breaches

by Elizabeth Snell

Preventing healthcare data breaches is a common goal for covered entities of all sizes. It can be easy to let the importance of administrative safeguards fall behind other areas, such as concerns over hacking and stolen devices, but organizations...

People Are Top Health Data Security Risk, Says Halamka

by Elizabeth Snell

There are numerous health data security risks that organizations need to prepare for, but human error is the top way that covered entities remain vulnerable, according to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) CIO John Halamka, MD, MS....

OIG Report to Congress Stresses Health Marketplace Security

by Sara Heath

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has released its Semiannual Report to Congress, identifying key areas in which several federal healthcare agencies can improve their security efforts. Specifically, OIG emphasized health marketplace security....

Two-Factor Authentication Use Increases, ONC Finds

by Sara Heath

Hospital health IT departments are gaining capabilities for two-factor authentication at an increasing rate, helping to improve healthcare data security. Two-factor authentication capabilities are important for increasing health data security,...

Why Healthcare Identity and Access Management is Essential

by Elizabeth Snell

Employee training is a critical aspect to healthcare administrative safeguards, but it is also important that staff members are given the necessary tools to remain as efficient as possible. Healthcare identity and access management (IAM) is one...

Working to Prevent Healthcare Phishing Scams

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare phishing scams are increasingly becoming data security issues for covered entities, and can cause organizations problems if an employee falls for one of the malicious emails. However, comprehensive and regular employee training can...

Why Healthcare Phishing Scams Are a Key Issue

by Elizabeth Snell

Covered entities know that they need to have a comprehensive health data security plan to prevent data breaches. But healthcare phishing scams can easily be overlooked as a key issue, as organizations could simply assume that such an attack would...

NIST Releases Draft Guidance on Improving Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently published draft guidance on how organizations can improve their approach to data security. The guide discusses how using an attribute based access control (ABAC) system could...

Sutter Health Data Breach Affects 2,500 Patients

by Elizabeth Snell

A former employee reportedly emailed patient information without authorization, leading to a Sutter Health data breach. Sutter Health explained in a statement on its website that 2,582 patients are potentially affected, and that with the exception...

HHS: Administrative Safeguards Keep Yammer Use Secure

by Elizabeth Snell

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reportedly will continue to use a social application that the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) found to have potential security vulnerabilities. With the right...

Health Data Breaches Stem From Hacking, Employee Theft

by Elizabeth Snell

Health data breaches can be caused by various incidents, which is why covered entities and their business associates must have comprehensive safeguards in place. Two separate incidents at medical centers highlight the importance of this fact,...

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