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Why Healthcare Cybersecurity Budgets Should Increase

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As HIPAA data breaches continue to be reported, it would make sense that healthcare cybersecurity budgets increase as necessary to ensure that organizations are prepared for potential attacks. Making investments in technological safeguards, employee...

Nuance Restores 75% of Clients After NotPetya Malware Attack

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Massachusetts-based Nuance Communications, Inc. stated that it has restored 75 percent of its clients following the NotPetya malware attack it experienced last month. Nuance Healthcare, which offers a transcription platform used by medical...

Using NIST Guidance for Better Risk Assessment, Data Security

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A structured method of prioritizing programs, systems, and components based on their importance is a critical part of an organization’s risk assessment process and approach to data security, according to a recent NIST special publication....

HIPAA Data Breaches, Cyber Attacks Reported by 47% of Orgs

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There has been an increase over the past two years in healthcare providers and health plans experiencing HIPAA data breaches or cybersecurity attacks that compromised data, according to a recent KPMG survey. The 2017 Cyber Healthcare & Life...

Healthcare Risk Management Key Area in New HITRUST Program

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A Community Extension Program designed to aid healthcare organizations discuss challenges, best practices, and lessons learned in healthcare risk management programs will soon be launched nationwide, according to HITRUST. The program will also...

Best Practices for Preventing Phishing Attacks, Data Breaches

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The Anthem data breach from 2015 was a wakeup call for numerous industries, but especially healthcare, showing that phishing attacks can have far reaching effects. A $115 million settlement proposal was announced in June 2017, which would require...

Poll Finds Healthcare Cybersecurity Needs Managed In-House

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Nearly half of healthcare professionals – 47 percent – said that their organization utilizes a mix of in-house and outsourced healthcare cybersecurity needs, according to the latest Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) Stat...

Transforming How Employees Approach Healthcare Data Security

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Some of the biggest trends in today’s healthcare world revolve some form of digital revolution, including in healthcare data security. What’s really amazing about this is that almost every initiative is unique to the requirements...

NIST Cybersecurity Included in Latest HITRUST CSF Version

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Version 9 of the HITRUST CSF will be released in August 2017 and is set to address the NIST Cybersecurity Framework requirements as well, according to a HISTRUST statement. A single assessment will include the necessary controls to address the...

Hacking Continues to Cause Majority of Reported Data Breaches

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Through June 2017 there has been a 29 percent increase from 2016 in US reported data breaches, according to a report from the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and CyberScout. Overall, the number of breaches could hit a 37 percent annual...

Top 3 Essentials in Preparing for Ransomware Attacks

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With each week seeming to bring in a report of a new ransomware attack, healthcare organizations cannot afford to assume that this type of cybersecurity issue will never affect them. Preparing for ransomware attacks in the healthcare industry...

Patient Safety Critical Part of Healthcare Information Security

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Healthcare data breaches, denial of service (DoS) attacks, and ransomware attacks are a few of the potential threats to healthcare information security that could impact patient safety, according to a report published in The New England Journal...

Applying Healthcare Information Sharing to Data Security

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As cybersecurity threats continue to evolve, healthcare information sharing can be a boon to organizations of all sizes. Industry stakeholders can learn best practices, and see how others in the sector are working to prevent data security issues....

95% of Healthcare Orgs Not Utilizing Risk Management Software

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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 –...

3 Top Tips for Migrating, Upgrading Healthcare Data Security

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It goes without saying that the modern healthcare organization absolutely revolves around its own data security capabilities. How well is PHI data being secured? How well are you pushing out critical updates? How are users accessing your data...

DHS Updates on Federal Network Cybersecurity, Infrastructure

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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...

NIST Funding Can Strengthen National Cybersecurity Efforts

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An increase in National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) funding for fiscal year 2018 will help support critical public-private efforts to strengthen national cybersecurity, according to HIMSS and other industry stakeholders. HIMSS...

Creating a Healthcare Security Incident Reporting Process

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With the recent wave of ransomware attacks, hacking attempts, and unauthorized disclosures, healthcare organizations have more opportunities to exercise their incident management plans. Unfortunately, these same organizations are learning the...

Increased Training Can Benefit Healthcare Secure Messaging

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With patient portals helping fuel healthcare secure messaging, additional training for both patients and providers can help alleviate “rules of engagement” concerns, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet...

Keeping Healthcare Information Security Training a Priority

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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...

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