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Healthcare Data Presents Lucrative Target for Cyberattackers

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The healthcare sector will remain one of the most targeted industries by cyberattackers because of its valuable healthcare data, judged a report published Sept. 6 by Marsh & McLennan Companies' Global Risk Center. In fact, more...

Premera Accused of Trashing Computer in Health Data Breach Lawsuit

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Premera Blue Cross is being accused of destroying a key piece of evidence in the class-action lawsuit against the health insurer over a health data breach that compromised PHI on 11 million people. Lawyers for the breach victims filed a...

NIST Cybersecurity Framework To Get Privacy Framework Companion

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NIST is launching a collaborative privacy framework initiative as a complement to the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, the agency announced Sept. 4. The privacy framework would provide voluntary guidelines for protecting privacy in an era of...

CISOs Unite To Improve IT Security in Healthcare Supply Chain

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Healthcare CISOs have set up a council to develop, recommend, and promote security best practices to bolster IT security throughout the healthcare supply chain. Founding members of the Provider Third Party Risk Management Council include...

9 Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities Found in Philips E-Alert Tool

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Nine cybersecurity vulnerabilities have been found in the Philips e-Alert Unit, a tool that monitors MRI system performance, according to an Aug. 30 ICS-CERT advisory. Attackers could exploit these vulnerabilities to compromise user...

PHI on 20K Children Exposed in WellCare Healthcare Data Breach

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PHI on close to 20K children was exposed in a healthcare data breach when WellCare Health Plans, which administers the Missouri Medicaid plan, sent letters to the wrong addresses, the Kansas City Star reported Aug. 29. The company said...

For ASCs, Size Matters When It Comes to Healthcare Cybersecurity

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For ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), healthcare cybersecurity challenges and responses are different depending on the size of the operation, observed Tom Hui, founder of SurgiCenter Information Systems and CEO of HSTpathways. Hui noted...

Qualcomm’s Medical Gateway Has Critical Cybersecurity Vulnerability

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Qualcomm Life’s Capsule Datacaptor Terminal Server, a medical gateway device, has a critical cybersecurity vulnerability in its code that could enable an attacker to obtain administrator-level privileges, ICS-CERT warned in an...

Few Execs Believe Healthcare IT Security Tech Will Be Disruptive

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Only 7 percent of executives surveyed by Reaction Data believe that healthcare IT security technology will have a significant disruptive impact on healthcare. Twenty-nine percent said that telemedicine will be the biggest disruptor, 20...

Phishing Attacks That Impersonate Trusted Individuals on the Rise

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There was an 80 percent increase in phishing attacks that impersonated someone familiar to the targeted individual, according a study released August 28 by email security firm Mimecast. Mimecast found that there was one unstopped...

Wireless Infusion Pumps Could Increase Cybersecurity Vulnerability

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Wirelessly connecting infusion pumps to point-of-care medication systems and EHRs improves healthcare delivery but also increases cybersecurity vulnerability, warned NIST and the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) in a new...

Critical Cybersecurity Vulnerability Found in BD Alaris Plus Pump

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The BD Alaris Plus medical syringe pump has a critical cybersecurity vulnerability that could enable an attacker to gain remote access to the pump and affect its operation when it is connected to a terminal server via the serial port, BD...

Speed, Not Security, Tops Priority List for Blockchain in Healthcare

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While 84 percent of IT executives believe blockchain-based solutions are more secure than traditional systems, just 21 percent cited improved security and lower risk to data as the most significant benefit of blockchain adoption, according...

Firms Lack Cyber Insurance Despite Healthcare Data Breach Costs

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Given the proliferation and cost of healthcare data breaches and ransomware attacks, it is surprising that 70 percent of healthcare organizations have no cyber insurance, according to a survey of security executives by Ovum for...

Philips IntelliVue Information Center Hit By Cybersecurity Vulnerability

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Philips IntelliVue Information Center iX central patient monitoring system has a cybersecurity vulnerability that could result in the operating system becoming unresponsive due to a network attack, the ICS-CERT warned in an August 21...

Cybercriminals Using Innovative GrandCrab for Ransomware Attacks

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Over the last few months, cybercriminals have begun using the innovative GrandCrab ransomware for their ransomware attacks, according to Fortinet’s Threat Landscape Report Q2 2018. GrandCrab is the first ransomware to accept Dash...

Americans Fret About Loss of Control Over Personal Information

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Americans are concerned about loss of control over their personal information, according to a survey conducted by the US Census Bureau. Virtually the same number of households identified loss of control over personal data as a major...

Philips Delays Fix for Cardiograph Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

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Philips does not intended to fix cybersecurity vulnerabilities in its PageWriter Cardiograph devices, which could allow attackers to modify settings on the devices, until mid-year 2019, according to an August 16 advisory from...

Judge Gives Final OK to $115M Anthem Data Breach Settlement

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US District Judge Lucy Koh has given final approval to a $115 million settlement that ends further claims against Anthem over its 2015 data breach that exposed personal information on 79 million people. Potentially exposed data included...

417K Patients Exposed In Latest Phishing Attack at AU Health

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Close to half a million people may have had their PHI and other personal information exposed in a September 2017 phishing attack that impacted the Augusta University (AU) Health system. Another phishing attack on July 11, 2018, may have...

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