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HCCIC Releases Update on Spectre, Meltdown Cybersecurity Threats

January 18, 2018 - The Healthcare Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (HCCIC) released an update on previously discovered Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities that could create healthcare cybersecurity threats for organizations. The National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center’s Threat Intelligence Committee first discovered the vulnerabilities on January 4, 2017. Meltdown and...


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NC Data Breach Legislation Accounts for Ransomware Attacks

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Following an increase in reported state data breaches in 2017, North Carolina’s attorney general and a state representative introduced data breach legislation to better protect individuals. The updated Act to Strengthen Identity Theft Protections...

Patient Data Unaffected in Hancock Health Ransomware Attack

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Indiana-based Hancock Health experienced a ransomware attack on January 11, 2018, according to a statement posted on the organization’s website. Hancock recovered use of its computers and patient information was not adversely affected....

67% of CISOs Believe a Cybersecurity Attack Will Happen in 2018

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CISOs are increasingly concerned about the likelihood of falling victim to a cybersecurity attack, with 67 percent reporting that they think their organization will face that type of data breach in 2018, according to a recent survey. Conducted...

Remaining Vigilant Against Increasing Healthcare Ransomware Threats

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Healthcare ransomware attacks increased by 89 percent from 2016 to 2017, according to recent research from Cryptonite. Furthermore, one-quarter of all IT/hacking events reported to OCR in 2017 were attributed to ransomware incidents. Gathering...

Report Discusses How to Approach Botnets, Cybersecurity Threats

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There must be greater resilience against botnets and other distributed, automated threats in an effort to properly combat evolving cybersecurity threats, according to a recent report from federal agencies. The Departments of Commerce and Homeland...

NH-ISAC Cybersecurity Warning Shows Importance of Regular Updates

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The National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center’s (NH-ISAC) Threat Intelligence Committee released a cybersecurity warning last week urging entities to be aware of two potential vulnerabilities. Researchers determined that...

AHIMA: Healthcare Data Privacy, Security Top HIM Topic for 2018

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Potential cyberattacks and other cybersecurity threats will help keep healthcare data privacy and security main concerns going into 2018, according to recent AHIMA predictions. In total, AHIMA members listed eight key focus areas. Privacy and...

AHA Calls for Greater FDA Medical Device Security Oversight

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must focus on reducing regulatory burden on hospitals and health systems while also ensuring there is greater medical device security oversight, according to the American Hospital Association (AHA). AHA...

US Reports North Korea Caused WannaCry Ransomware Attack

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The WannaCry ransomware attack that affected numerous sectors around the world, including healthcare organizations, was caused by North Korea, according to Tom Bossert, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism. Bossert...

Are Orgs Filling Necessary Healthcare Cybersecurity Roles?

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Without the right healthcare cybersecurity roles being filled at covered entities, it can be more difficult for organizations to ensure that sensitive data remains secure. Along with CISOs, privacy officers, and compliance officers, entities...

OIG: NC Medicaid Eligibility Data Security Measures Must Improve

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The North Carolina State Medicaid agency (State agency) failed to meet federal requirements for Medicaid eligibility data security, according to an Office of Inspector General (OIG) report. The State agency had the Office of North Carolina Families...

Crafting a Strong Healthcare Cybersecurity Action Plan

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Following recent research showing that 83 percent of physicians report they have experienced a cybersecurity attack, AHIMA released a healthcare cybersecurity action plan to assist entities in preparing for potential threats. Implementing an...

5 Tips for a Strong Healthcare Data Breach Response

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No one wants to experience an active security situation. A data breach will result in numerous sleepless nights, big expenses, and lots of lost confidence. The challenge, however, is that healthcare data is just so valuable. In the 2017 Ponemon...

Healthcare Data Security Attacks Account for 40% of Q3 Incidents

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Malware and ransomware were top concerns for entities in 2017 Q3, with public and healthcare data security attacks accounting for more than 40 percent of total incidents in that time frame, according to a recent McAfee Labs report. There were...

Healthcare Ransomware, Medical Device Security Key 2018 Trends

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With 2017 winding down, healthcare providers cannot become lackadaisical in their approach to cybersecurity. The New Year will likely not bring brand new data security issues, but rather show why there needs to be a heightened focus on healthcare...

DirectTrust Accreditation Agreement with EHNAC Extended

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DirectTrust recently announced that it extended its accreditation agreement with the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) through 2018. The DirectTrust accreditation agreement helps DirectTrust administer its DTAAP accreditation...

OIG: Security Risk Assessments, Disaster Recovery Needed at Hospitals

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While two Indian Health Service (IHS) hospitals had increased system security and physical controls surrounding prescription drug and opioid disbursements, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) still determined that more improvements needed to...

How to Prevent a Healthcare Data Breach in 2018

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One word can describe the current security landscape: chaos. We’re way beyond the days of traditional firewall and network security solutions. Today, healthcare organizations have to worry about security when it comes to cloud, data, end-point,...

Why Privileged Account Management Matters in Health Data Security

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As healthcare providers continue to work toward creating strong cybersecurity measures, it is important to remember that insider access could also lead to a potential data breach. Failing to secure privileged accounts could lead to unauthorized...

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