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Healthcare Endpoint Attacks Cost the Industry $1.3B Annually

November 17, 2017 - Preparing for potential healthcare endpoint attacks should be a top priority for covered entities, especially with a recent survey showing that organizations believe that an over-reliance on traditional endpoint security is leaving entities exposed. Over half (54 percent) of 665 surveyed IT and security leaders said their company experienced a successful endpoint attack, according to a new...


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Evolving Cybersecurity Threats, Protecting Data Top HHS Challenges

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Adequately addressing the industry’s current cybersecurity threats is a key aspect to one of the major management and performance challenges for HHS, the Office of Inspector General determined in its annual report. OIG’s 2017 Top...

AHIMA Notes Cybersecurity Prep, HIPAA Compliance as Focus Areas

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All healthcare organizations can work on improving their privacy and security by focusing on their cybersecurity preparation, HIPAA compliance, and staying people-oriented, according to a recent blog post on the Journal of AHIMA. AHIMA’s...

26% of Orgs Would Pay Ransomware After Healthcare Cyberattack

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While the majority of healthcare IT and security professionals in the UK and US are confident in their organization’s ability to respond to a healthcare cyberattack, there are still some that are not sure their entity can properly respond,...

How Healthcare Orgs Can Implement Strong End-User Security

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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...

Proposals Made for Improved State Data Breach Laws

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The large-scale Equifax data breach has pushed some states into creating more stringent state data breach laws, looking to close gaps in how sensitive consumer information is protected. The Vermont House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development...

FDA Calls for Continuous Collaboration in Medical Device Security

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Healthcare is becoming increasingly reliant on connected devices, which is why medical device security must remain a top priority. Cybersecurity threats are a constant worry but the FDA aims to help healthcare organizations remain innovative...

ECRI: Healthcare Ransomware, Cybersecurity Threats Top Concerns

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Healthcare organizations need to understand the potential safety issues that come with medical devices and systems, according to the ECRI Institute. Healthcare ransomware threats, medical device networking flaws, and other cybersecurity threats...

Stakeholders Stress Healthcare Cybersecurity Focus for HHS

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Ensuring that healthcare cybersecurity measures continue to improve must remain a key focus area for HHS, industry stakeholders explained in responses to the HHS Information Technology Strategic Plan FY 2017-2020. Cybersecurity and healthcare...

Secure Health Data Exchange Key Focus for AMA Investment

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The nationwide push for interoperability has helped fuel the desire for healthcare to find ways to implement secure health data exchange. Information should be able to flow freely, but data security concerns can be a great hindrance in entities...

HHS Cybersecurity Measures Center of Recent Legislation

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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)...

What Should Entities Expect with OCR HIPAA Enforcement?

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There have been nine OCR HIPAA enforcement settlements so far in 2017, highlighting the need for covered entities and business associates to focus on audit controls, risk management, and business associate agreements. While there has been a new...

EHNAC: Risk Assessments, IoT Security Crucial in Attack Mitigation

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Hospitals and healthcare organizations need to keep a strong focus on their risk management and risk assessment process and ensure that any third parties or business associates also have proper security and IT risk management protocols in...

Utilizing People, Process, and Technology in Health Data Security

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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....

What Are Basic, Essential Healthcare Cybersecurity Measures?

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With October being National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCAM), OCR highlighted top healthcare cybersecurity measures that all covered entities and business associates should keep in mind. NCAM is an ideal time for organizations to review basic...

PHI Security Could Be At Risk in Boston Scientific Medical Device

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A Boston Scientific medical device was found to have a vulnerability that could compromise PHI security, according to Whitescope researchers Jonathan Butts and Billy Rios. The Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems...

Potential BD Medical Device Security Vulnerability Identified

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Researchers identified a potential medical device security vulnerability in Becton, Dickinson and Company’s (BD) Alaris 8015 Point of Care (PC) unit Version 9.5, according to the Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control...

Employees File Lawsuit Following Lincare Holdings Data Breach

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Former Lincare Holdings, Inc. employees filed a class-cation lawsuit against the organization, claiming negligence with regard to their personally identifiable information (PII) and that identity theft could result from a Lincare Holdings data...

Data Security Key Focus in HIMSS Healthcare Blockchain Group

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Healthcare blockchain could greatly impact the industry, especially as it will help patients own and gather their own data. However, data security and other key areas cannot be overlooked, explained the HIMSS Blockchain Work Group. The increased...

State Rep Presses Nuance on NotPetya Malware Attack

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More details on the June 27, 2017 NotPetya malware attack that affected Nuance should be released, according to a letter from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The healthcare industry can greatly benefit from learning about the details...

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