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Top 10 Cybersecurity Best Practices for Healthcare CISOs

June 25, 2018 - Faced with an onslaught of threats these days, healthcare chief information security officers (CISOs) need to take a deep breath and focus on cybersecurity best practices. The number and frequency of these threats—ransomware, cryptocurrency mining, data-stealing malware, advanced persistent threats, malicious insiders, and careless employees, to name a few—can be...


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Creating Strong Healthcare Data Security, Positive User Experience

by Bill Kleyman

I was working with a healthcare organization recently and were discussing some new data security initiatives around remote, mobile, and local users. We had a few teams in the room with us. The end-user compute (EUC) team focused on...

Utilizing Holistic Cybersecurity Measures Against Evolving Threats

by Elizabeth Snell

It is essential for healthcare providers to evolve their cybersecurity program to stay ahead of evolving threats, utilizing holistic cybersecurity measures that focus on prevention, detection, and response. That was the focus of a HIMSS18...

Improving Cybersecurity Response in Healthcare Organizations

by Elizabeth Snell

Organizations must have the right staff members in place who are properly trained, and also have appropriate technical tools to ensure that a proper cybersecurity response can occur following a data security incident. Healthcare entities...

Insufficient Staffing, Education Hinders Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

Hospitals and payer organizations could make major strides in improving their healthcare cybersecurity measures by hiring the right staff members and by implementing comprehensive employee education and training, according to a Merlin...

Focusing on Healthcare Data Privacy with Information Governance

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare data privacy and security is one of the top industry challenges, but a comprehensive and holistic information governance (IG) program can be essential in overcoming it. Information governance is not often considered with...

Healthcare Risk Assessments Key Driver for Security Investments

by Elizabeth Snell

More providers are adopting cybersecurity frameworks and prioritizing risk assessment, according to the third annual Symantec and HIMSS Analytics HIT Security and Risk Management Study. However, organizations are still underinvesting in...

Achieving Healthcare Compliance, Security in Provider Settings

by Elizabeth Snell

Providers need to maintain healthcare compliance and ensure their data security measures are strong enough to combat ever-evolving threats. However, compliance and security are not interchangeable and entities must focus on both for...

Weak Healthcare Cybersecurity Employee Training Affects IT Security

by Elizabeth Snell

Covered entities must ensure that staff members at all levels receive regular and comprehensive healthcare cybersecurity employee training. This is a HIPAA requirement but is also critical to keeping the workforce up to date on evolving IT...

58% of Healthcare PHI Data Breaches Caused by Insiders

by Elizabeth Snell

Reducing paper-based PHI and establishing a holistic risk management program are critical ways organizations can work toward healthcare PHI data breach prevention, according to Verizon research. Healthcare is the only industry where...

4 Tips to Locking Down, Securing Healthcare BYOD

by Bill Kleyman

We are a connected world. Furthermore, our level of connectedness will only continue to increase. And, this is becoming even more so the case when we look at healthcare. A recent CITO Research study showed that leveraging apps and mobile...

Healthcare Data Privacy, Security Knowledge in IG Can Improve

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare data privacy and security plays a key role in information governance (IG) but recent research indicates that healthcare organizations need to work harder on ensuring employees understand that. More healthcare professionals are...

Avoiding 5 Common Healthcare Data Security Holes in 2018

by Bill Kleyman

Healthcare data security is an ever-evolving engine, oftentimes struggling to keep up with the demands of the digital world. However, as fast as healthcare IT keeps moving forward, security must absolutely be at the forefront. Breaches...

Healthcare Most Likely to Suffer from Lagging Mobile Device Security

by Elizabeth Snell

Organizations across numerous industries are increasingly concerned about potential mobile device security threats, with approximately three-quarters stating that the risks associated with mobile devices have increased in the past year,...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Threats Hinder HIT Development

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations across the globe are working to adopt and deploy EHRs without opening themselves up to interoperability issues, healthcare cybersecurity threats, and HIT infrastructure problems, according to a recent Black Book...

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...

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...

How Much Do Healthcare Data Breaches Cost Organizations?

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare data breaches can be devastating for any covered entity, but the subsequent recovery costs are often quite expensive. Implementing technological tools to aid in prevention and detection measures are not cheap, but not taking...

Prevent Healthcare Phishing with Employee Security Training

by Elizabeth Snell

Implementing a strong employee security training program is consistently noted as a key way for covered entities to prevent healthcare phishing attacks. Organizations of all sizes need to ensure that staff members can recognize malicious...

How Healthcare Organizations Can Reduce Cyber Extortion Risk

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations must be mindful of how they reduce cyber extortion risk because covered entities maintain sensitive data and provide necessary services, OCR stated in its January Cybersecurity Newsletter. Cyber extortion often...

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