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Healthcare Phishing, Computer Viruses Top Cyber Attack Methods

December 12, 2017 - 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). Approximately 1,300 US physicians were interviewed and asked about their experience and attitudes toward cybersecurity, data management and HIPAA compliance....


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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 Top Digital Priority for Org Leaders

by Elizabeth Snell

The majority of health systems plan to increase technology spending to improve their healthcare cybersecurity measures next year, according to a survey conducted by the Pittsburgh-based Center for Connected Medicine (CCM), in partnership...

How an Ohio Hospital Avoided a Widespread Ransomware Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

Having the necessary and applicable data security tools in place, along with comprehensive employee education, are critical for ransomware attack prevention measures. Organizations of all sizes need to be aware of the potential threats and be...

12K Affected in ShopRite Supermarkets Data Security Incident

by Elizabeth Snell

ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc. announced that the Kingston, New York ShopRite experienced a data security incident that potentially put personal and medical information of customers at risk. A pharmacy device that captured signatures was inadvertently...

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 recently...

HHS Cybersecurity Measures Center of Recent Legislation

by Elizabeth Snell

Two House Energy and Commerce Committee members reintroduced legislation to address HHS cybersecurity measures, helping the agency better establish its role as an authority in facing current cybersecurity challenges. Rep. Billy Long (R-MO)...

Computer Theft Raises Health Data Security Concerns for 8K

by Elizabeth Snell

Brevard Physician Associates announced on its website that it was burglarized on September 4, 2017, raising possible health data security concerns for 7,976 patients. The Melbourne, Florida-based facility stated that it was notified on September...

Utilizing People, Process, and Technology in Health Data Security

by Bill Kleyman

Healthcare organizations are spending a lot of money on their security strategies. And yet we still see large numbers of breaches, data loss, and health data security incidents. To combat this, healthcare continues to invest in security solutions....

Encouraging Collaboration for Improved Data Security Measures

by Elizabeth Snell

Malicious actors are not going to disappear anytime soon, meaning that healthcare organizations must remain vigilant in improving their data security measures. Collaboration and information sharing will play critical roles in strengthening healthcare...

Regular Employee Training Essential in Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare cybersecurity threats are constantly evolving, forcing covered entities and business associates to subsequently adjust their privacy and security measures to keep PHI secure. A key aspect to data security though is regular employee...

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 Children’s...

Creating a Culture of Data Privacy, Security in Healthcare

by Elizabeth Snell

Organizations of all sizes need to be working toward maintaining proper data privacy and security measures in the healthcare industry. The threat landscape is continuously evolving, and falling behind could lead to a large-scale data breach....

Maintaining Healthcare Data Security with File Sharing Options

by Bill Kleyman

I still find challenges within the healthcare world when it comes to file sharing and data management. Sure, we can remove Dropbox or other types of file sharing mechanisms, but are we making the user experience worse? And, are we really plugging...

HITRUST Urges Collaboration for Improved Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

HITRUST held its first Community Extension Program meeting last week at Tufts Medical Center in downtown Boston, talking challenges, best practices, and lessons learned in healthcare risk management programs. One of the overarching goals of the...

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...

OCR: Staff Training Key for Data Security, Avoiding Scams

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations should ensure they are implementing strong staff training measures to maintain data security in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, according to the August OCR Cybersecurity Newsletter. Potential scammers may try and take advantage...

NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework Focuses on Education

by Elizabeth Snell

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) released a Cybersecurity Workforce Framework to help organizations in various sectors educate and train staff members in needed cybersecurity measures. Entities will also have guidance...

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...

Focusing on Employee Training for Stronger Health IT Security

by Elizabeth Snell

The American Hospital Association’s Hospital & Health Networks (H&HN) Most Wired rankings were released earlier this summer, and showed that providers are making great strides in their health IT security. Providers are...

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