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Healthcare Data Encryption Used by Half of US Organizations


Around 50 percent of US healthcare IT pros said their organizations are investing in healthcare data encryption to protect sensitive data, according to a recent survey by network management and security company Infoblox. Encryption of PHI...

Cyberattackers Exploiting Weaknesses in Healthcare Data Security


Cyberattackers are exploiting inherent weaknesses in healthcare data security, making the sector the most targeted industry in the first quarter of 2018, according to Rapid7’s quarterly threat report released May 15. The Rapid7...

Healthcare Data Security Programs Get Short Shrift in IT Budgets


Healthcare data security programs continue to be underfunded and understaffed, a Black Book Market Research cybersecurity survey of close to 2,500 healthcare security professionals found. Almost all of the respondents agreed that...

ICS-CERT Dings Silex, GE for Wireless Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities


The Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) issued an advisory May 8 warning about cybersecurity vulnerabilities in wireless medical equipment made by Silex Technology and GE Healthcare. The...

Healthcare Providers Score High on Ransomware Attack Mitigation


Researchers have found that healthcare providers are doing a good job of implementing recommendations in the ONC SAFER Guides’ contingency planning guide, which was updated last year to incorporate strategies for ransomware attack...

Healthcare Data Security Key Part of NIH All of Us Program


Healthcare data security is a key component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored All of Us precision medicine research program, said Program Director Eric Dishman in opening the national enrollment for the...

Philips CT Scanner Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities Pose PHI Risk


Cybersecurity vulnerabilities in Philips Brilliance CT scanners could be exploited by an attacker to steal protected health information (PHI) and other sensitive data files, warned the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response...

UnityPoint Allegedly Mishandled Healthcare Data Breach


UnityPoint Health delayed reporting a healthcare data breach, incorrectly told affected patients that their Social Security numbers were not part of the breach, and declined to compensate victims for damage to their credit from the breach,...

1.13M Records Exposed by 110 Healthcare Data Breaches in Q1 2018


Around 1.13 million patient records were compromised in 110 healthcare data breaches in the first quarter of 2018, according to data released May 3 in the Protenus Breach Barometer. Healthcare insiders were most likely to snoop on family...

5 Critical Healthcare Data Security Implementations for Providers


I get the chance to work with smaller clinics and very large healthcare providers. If you hide the name and the size of the organization, many of them share very similar security concerns. The good news is that innovation in the healthcare...

Healthcare Industry Takes Brunt of Ransomware Attacks


The healthcare industry is taking the lion’s share of ransomware attacks, according to a threat report released May 1 by endpoint security firm Cylance. Ransomware attacks grew three-fold last year, with healthcare being affected...

Helping Struggling Hospitals Recover from Ransomware Attacks


The biggest cybersecurity issue for hospitals is response and recovery from ransomware attacks, observed Fernando Martinez, senior vice president and chief digital officer at the Texas Hospital Association and president/CEO of Texas...

Top 5 Healthcare Data Security, Infrastructure Threats


We’ve had the chance to discuss all of the amazing new solutions and technologies impacting the healthcare world, as well as healthcare data security. We know that IoT, telemedicine, and new healthcare services are all...

SamSam Ransomware Attacks Focus on Victims Who Will Pay Up


Cybercriminals carrying out SamSam ransomware attacks, which have been identified by HHS as posing a significant threat to healthcare organizations this year, focus on victims that are most likely to pay to get their data back, such as...

AI Can Bolster or Undermine Healthcare Data Security, Panel Says


Artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to improve healthcare data security, but it can also undermine healthcare data security, observed a panel at the World Medical Innovation Forum held in Boston April 23 to 25. The use and misuse of...

Likely Ransomware Attack Exposes 85K Patient Records in CA


California-based Center for Orthopaedic Specialists (COS) admitted that a recent cybersecurity incident, which was described similar to a ransomware attack, succeeded in encrypting 85,000 patient records. “The patient data that was...

Healthcare Industry Scores Low on Data Security Knowledge


The healthcare industry is one of the worst when it comes to data security knowledge, according to data from Wombat Security’s learning management system. Customers in the healthcare industry answered 23 percent of IT security...

BD Medical Gear Suffers from Wi-Fi Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities


Certain BD Pyxis medication and supply management products that connect to Wi-Fi have cybersecurity vulnerabilities that open them up to a key reinstallation attack (KRACK) in which an attacker could access, read, and manipulate encrypted...

Does Quantum Computing Threaten Healthcare Data Security?


While some in healthcare see quantum computing as a way to harness big data to improve healthcare diagnostics and drug development, others see it as a threat to healthcare data security. Last year, IBM launched an initiative, IBM Q, to...

House Wants Advice on Easing Device Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities


The House Energy and Commerce Committee wants public input on how to reduce cybersecurity vulnerabilities in legacy healthcare IT systems and medical devices. Citing the 2017 WannaCry ransomware attack that exploited a flaw in a 30-year...


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