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Revised NIST Infrastructure Cybersecurity Framework Released

December 11, 2017 - In an effort to help organizations continue to improve their cybersecurity risk management in critical infrastructure, NIST released a revised draft of its Cybersecurity Framework last week. The second draft of the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (The Framework) took in received comments and worked to clarify and refine the Framework, NIST explained in the...


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Medical Device Cybersecurity Focus of AEHIS, MDISS Collaboration

by Elizabeth Snell

Medical device cybersecurity education, best practices, advocacy, and information sharing are key objectives in the recently announced collaboration between the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security (AEHIS) and the Medical...

NIST CSF, Risk Management Key for Cybersecurity Improvements

by Elizabeth Snell

The NIST Cyberscurity Framework (CSF) can be implemented using the established NIST risk management process, which will help organizations across industries develop a more effective, efficient, and cost-effective risk management processes, according...

Why Guidance is Critical for Strengthening Healthcare Cybersecurity

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Healthcare providers must adhere to HIPAA rules and required state regulation with regard to maintaining data security. But not all regulations are specific in how covered entities should approach healthcare cybersecurity in an evolving industry....

What Are Critical Considerations in Risk Management?

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare risk management is an increasingly critical area as cybersecurity threats continue to evolve. Regardless of an organization’s size, it needs to ensure that the right policies, procedures, and tools are in place so staff members...

NIST Cybersecurity Included in Latest HITRUST CSF Version

by Elizabeth Snell

Version 9 of the HITRUST CSF will be released in August 2017 and is set to address the NIST Cybersecurity Framework requirements as well, according to a HISTRUST statement. A single assessment will include the necessary controls to address the...

DHS Updates on Federal Network Cybersecurity, Infrastructure

by Elizabeth Snell

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) recently posted updates on federal network cybersecurity measures, along with current steps being taken to strengthen infrastructure...

NIST Funding Can Strengthen National Cybersecurity Efforts

by Elizabeth Snell

An increase in National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) funding for fiscal year 2018 will help support critical public-private efforts to strengthen national cybersecurity, according to HIMSS and other industry stakeholders. HIMSS...

Recent Executive Order to Strengthen Federal Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

Improving federal cybersecurity, specifically in the nation’s networks and infrastructure settings, is the key focus in a recent executive order President Trump signed earlier this week. Federal network cybersecurity must be improved in...

House Committee Passes NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act

by Elizabeth Snell

The US House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology passed the NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act of 2017 earlier this week in an effort to ensure that small businesses are given necessary resources to reduce their risk for cybersecurity...

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 healthcare...

Healthcare Information Sharing Need Stressed in Recent Hearing

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Industry stakeholders recently met at a Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing on how to improve healthcare cybersecurity. Stronger healthcare information sharing was underlined as a key factor in strengthening the public-private...

How Healthcare Benefits from Cybersecurity Guidelines

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare entities have several key cybersecurity frameworks to utilize when it comes to implementing necessary cybersecurity guidelines. However, not all organizations necessarily have access to the same type of guidance. Nearly half –...

HITRUST CSF Roadmap Focuses on Small Healthcare Orgs, NIST CSF

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HITRUST announced enhancements to its cybersecurity framework, which will assist smaller healthcare organizations create stronger risk management programs, cybersecurity measures, and help them achieve NIST Cybersecurity Framework (NIST CSF)...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Increasingly Key Issue in C-Suite

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Healthcare providers are continuing to prioritize cybersecurity concerns, according to a recent KLAS Research and College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) study. In efforts to ensure stronger data security measures, more...

GAO Urges Improvement in Federal Cybersecurity Measures

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Improvements must be made to the federal government’s cybersecurity measures, especially to ensure that federal information systems and cyber critical infrastructure remain secure, according to a recent GAO report.   Changes will also...

Cybersecurity Risk Management Focus in HITRUST Catalogue

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Having a stronger understanding of cybersecurity risk management is a key way for healthcare organizations to view potential risk areas and keep data secure, according to the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST). That was a driving factor...

NIST Releases Updated Draft Version of Cybersecurity Framework

by Elizabeth Snell

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently released an updated draft version of its Cybersecurity Framework, with incorporated comments from the December 2015 Request for Information and comments from Cybersecurity Framework...

NIST Cybersecurity Guide Highlights Recovery, Restoration Plan

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Properly developing and implementing recovery plans, processes, and procedures will help organizations fully restore a system weakened during a cybersecurity event, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) explained in a recent...

NIST Resource to Help Create Strong Cybersecurity Workforce

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An organization led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) developed a new resource to ensure that organizations can “more effectively identify, recruit, develop and maintain its cybersecurity talent” and create...

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