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95% of Healthcare Orgs Not Utilizing Risk Management Software

July 13, 2017 - Healthcare organizations continue to prioritize PHI security, but often have limited resources – such as access to risk management software – according to a recent Netwrix survey. Nearly all surveyed entities – 95 percent – said they do not use any software for information security governance or risk management. Furthermore, 68 percent of healthcare providers said they...


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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...

Keeping Healthcare Information Security Training a Priority

by Elizabeth Snell

Without the right information security training, healthcare providers could fall victim to numerous types of cybersecurity issues, such as a ransomware attack. Employees at all levels need to understand the types of warning signs to look for...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Measures Must Evolve for Success

by Elizabeth Snell

The cybersecurity skills gap is affecting numerous industries. However, healthcare cybersecurity measures truly cannot afford to fall behind, according to ISACA Board Director Rob Clyde. Citing data from the recent ISACA State of Cyber Security...

Overcoming the Healthcare Cybersecurity Workforce Shortage

by Elizabeth Snell

Having a well-trained healthcare cybersecurity workforce is critical for covered entities, especially as organizations continue to implement new technologies. However, a recent (ISC)²  report found that there is an increasing cybersecurity...

Healthcare Email Security Needs Drastic Improvement

by Elizabeth Snell

The majority of the largest US public hospitals are not utilizing enough protections on healthcare email security, according to a recent Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) survey. At least 22 of the top 48 for-profit hospitals in the nation have deployed...

Implementing Executive Level Healthcare Cybersecurity Training

by Elizabeth Snell

Employees at all levels should have a thorough healthcare cybersecurity training experience, especially as the potential threat factors continue to evolve. It takes just one inadvertent click from a malicious email for a health system to be compromised...

67% of Security Teams Say Insiders Top Data Security Threat

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations must ensure that they carefully monitor who is able to access sensitive information, as potential data security threats can occur from either insiders or third-parties. While working with trusted vendors or business associates...

More Orgs Seeking Staff for Healthcare Privacy, Security Jobs

by Elizabeth Snell

There was a large increase in healthcare privacy and security job postings, indicating that the health information management (HIM) profession is continuing to evolve with the needs of healthcare organizations, according to a recent study...

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 conducted...

Study Addresses Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Challenges

by Elizabeth Snell

Promoting a cyber and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, as well as creating cybersecurity scholarships are two key ways federal cybersecurity workforce challenges can be addressed, according to a recent Government...

Administrative Safeguard Need Highlighted in PA Indictment

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations must ensure that they have comprehensive and regularly updated administrative safeguards, such as user authentication measures and proper access control. A failure to have these in place, or having outdated ones, could...

Expanding Beyond HIPAA Audit Prep for Information Governance

by Elizabeth Snell

Earlier this month, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) published its newest toolkit to assist organizations in preparing for HIPAA audits. The “External HIPAA Audit Readiness Toolkit” addresses...

ISACA Finds Cybersecurity Skills Gap Leaves 25% of Orgs Exposed

by Elizabeth Snell

Evolving cybersecurity threats pose dangers to numerous industries, including healthcare, but a recent survey indicates that there is a cybersecurity skills gap that leaves entities exposed for months at a time. Over one-third of respondents...

3 Key Steps for Stronger Data Security in Healthcare

by Bill Kleyman

There was a recent Forbes article that analyzed the findings from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), which looked at the total number of breaches and impacted people in 2015. So, what did OCR find? In 2015, there were 253 healthcare breaches,...

Prioritizing Data Privacy, Security in the Healthcare C-Suite

by Elizabeth Snell

As healthcare IT continues to evolve, the C-suite is also expanding and becoming more intricate. Individuals in leadership positions need to keep data privacy and security issues top priorities, especially as healthcare remains a target for cyber...

Study Finds Human Factor Key Area of Cybersecurity Risk

by Elizabeth Snell

A lack of cybersecurity staff members, a lack of employee training, and not enough boardroom prioritization are top contributions to cybersecurity risk, according to a recent study from the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and...

Protect Healthcare Data with User Training, Secure Systems

by Bill Kleyman

As covered entities and business associates of all sizes work to protect healthcare data, there are numerous aspects to consider, especially as cybsecurity threats continue to evolve and become more sophisticated.  We often focus on major...

NIST Resource to Help Create Strong Cybersecurity Workforce

by Elizabeth Snell

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...

What Lessons Can be learned from Recent Health Data Breaches?

by Elizabeth Snell

Several recent large-scale health data breaches have affected over 5 million individuals, including patients, employees, and providers. With more covered entities implementing connected devices, BYOD strategies, and working toward interoperability,...

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