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Healthcare IT Security Worst of Any Sector With External Threats

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Healthcare IT security is the worst of any sector when it comes to external security posture, according to a recent report by security advisory firm Coalfire. The Coalfire Penetration Risk Report used customer penetration test data...

Man Convicted of DDoS Attack Against Boston Children’s Hospital

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Martin Gottesfeld of Somerville, Massachusetts, was convicted by a federal jury of carrying out a DDoS attack against Boston Children’s Hospital and against Wayside Youth and Family Support Network, the Department of...

SamSam Ransomware Attacks Net Creator $6M So Far

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SamSam ransomware attacks, which have targeted healthcare organizations, has netted its creator $6 million so far, according to a recent report by security firm Sophos. Three-quarters of the victims are based in the United States, and the...

FBI Warns About Attackers Targeting Internet of Things Devices

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Healthcare organizations are increasingly deploying Internet of Things (IoT) devices to improve employee productivity and patient care. However, those same devices are being targeted by cybercriminals, warned the FBI in an August 2 public...

Accidents Were Most Frequent Cause of Healthcare Data Breaches

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In the second quarter of 2018, the most frequent cause of healthcare data breaches was accidental disclosures, according to incidents reported to the Beazley Breach Response Services team.  Accidental disclosures made up 38 percent...

Phishing Attack Exposes PHI of 1.4M UnityPoint Health Patients

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Iowa-based UnityPoint Health said July 30 that it notified approximately 1.4 million patients of a recent email phishing attack incident that may have compromised their PHI. Patient information that might have...

HHS Leads Federal Agencies in Email Security Implementation

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HHS has secured the most domains of any federal agency as part of the DMARC email security protocol implementation mandated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), according to a study by email security firm Agari. The Domain-based...

Half of US Adults Are Anxious About Healthcare Data Security

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Around half of US adults (49%) are extremely or very concerned about their healthcare data security, such as diagnoses, health history, and test results, according to a survey of more than 2,000 US adults by The Harris Poll on behalf of...

CMS Would Drop Security Risk Analysis from Interoperability Score

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CMS is proposing that the Protect Patient Health Information objective and its associated measure, security risk analysis, would no longer be scored as a measure but would act as a prerequisite for a participating clinician to earn any...

HHS Fails To Fix Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities, Putting PHI At Risk

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HHS has failed to remedy cybersecurity vulnerabilities in its systems that could put PHI at risk, warned the GAO in a report released July 25. The GAO cited problems at CMS that threaten to compromise Medicare beneficiary data and the...

Up to $150K for Victims of Flowers’ Healthcare Data Breach

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More than 1,200 people could receive up to $150,000 in payments following the tentative settlement of a class-action lawsuit against Alabama-based Flowers Hospital for a 2014 healthcare data breach, TV station WTVY reported on July...

CISOs Stockpile Cryptocurrency in Case of Ransomware Attack

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The threat of a ransomware attack has led nearly three-quarters of CISOs to stockpile cryptocurrency to pay cybercriminals, according to survey of 1,700 IT, security, and business leaders in the United States, the UK, and Germany by...

Healthcare Data Security Worries Discourage Virtual Care Use

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Concerns about healthcare data security and patient privacy are holding physicians back from using virtual care technology, according to a survey of physicians and consumers by Deloitte. One-third of physicians cited data security and...

C-Suite May Lack Awareness of Healthcare Supply Chain Risk

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A majority of healthcare industry respondents think their organization’s leadership may lack awareness of healthcare supply chain risk, according to a survey by Vanson Bourne on behalf of endpoint security firm CrowdStrike. A full...

Despite Flashy Attacks, Healthcare Ransomware Attacks Decline

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Even with some well-publicized ransomware attacks against healthcare organizations this year, such as Allscripts and LabCorp, healthcare ransomware attacks are on the decline, according to the latest analysis by cybersecurity firm...

Strong Healthcare Data Security Needed for EHR Use in Clinical Trials

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The FDA is recommending that organizations and individuals conducting clinical investigations have strong healthcare data security and privacy controls in place when using EHR data for agency-regulated research. In its recently issued Use...

ALYN Hospital Employs Ericom Shield to Bolster Healthcare Data Security

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Israel’s ALYN Hospital recently turned to Ericom Shield to bolster its healthcare data security, particularly for its web-based communication. ALYN is an Israeli hospital for rehabilitation of children with physical, respiratory,...

FTC Wants Expanded Authority in Data Security, Privacy

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While HHS is the primary federal agency that enforces HIPAA Security and Privacy Rules, the FTC has expanded its enforcement activities in data security and privacy, including taking on now-defunct medical testing firm LabMD over poor data...

Cass Regional Finally Recovers from Devastating Ransomware Attack

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Cass Regional Medical Center finally has its EHR system back online and is no longer diverting emergency patients to other hospitals a week after it suffered a ransomware attack. The initial attack, reported by the Missouri-based hospital...

Response to Spectre, Meltdown Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities Queried

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US lawmakers want answers from the Software Engineering Institute’s (SEI) CERT Coordination Center (CERT-CC) to questions about the industry's response to the Spectre and Meltdown cybersecurity vulnerabilities disclosed in...

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