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Feds Start Cybersecurity Campaign on Foreign Risks to Private Sector

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The National Counterintelligence and Security Center launched its Know Your Risk, Raise Your Shield campaign on Monday, to drive awareness around the increasing risk of foreign cyberattacks on the private sector. The cybersecurity...

Where Does AI Automation Fit Into Health Data Security?

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The 2017 Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force report painted a damning picture of cybersecurity in healthcare, including the discovery that three out of four hospitals operate without a designated security leader. Those providers...

Hospitals Spend 64% More on Advertising After a Data Breach

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Hospitals spend 64 percent more annually on advertising after a breach over the following two years, according to a recent report from the American Journal of Managed Care. Researchers Sung J. Choi and M. Eric Johnson examined nonfederal...

Feds Warn Chinese Hackers Launching Targeted Cyberattacks

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The Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure and Security Agency recently alerted all sectors that Chinese hackers have been actively exploiting relationships between IT service providers and their customers. The...

HHS Releases Best Practice Healthcare Cybersecurity Guidelines

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The Department of Health and Human Services issued cybersecurity guidelines for the healthcare sector on Friday, focused on voluntary cybersecurity practices to reduce security risks and bolster cybersecurity programs across the...

User Authentication Most Common Cyber Risk for Hospitals, Health Systems

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User authentication deficiencies, endpoint leakage, and excessive user permissions are the three most common cyber risks facing health systems and hospitals, according to new data from Clearwater CyberIntelligence Institute. The...

Medtronic Ventilator Recalled by FDA for Software Update

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The Food and Drug Administration released an alert about a global voluntary corrective field action on Medtronic’s Puritan Bennett 980 ventilators. The action was announced this week and began on September 19. The FDA classified the...

Cybersecurity, Access Management Among Top Health IT Risk Areas

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Business continuity and disaster recovery, cybersecurity, biomedical devices, IT governance, system access management, and system implementation will be the biggest IT risk areas for healthcare organizations in 2019, according to a report...

DHS Finds Encryption Vulnerabilities in Medtronic Programmers

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The Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team discovered encryption vulnerabilities in Medtronic’s 9790 and 2090 CareLink Programmers and 29901 Encore Programmers that could...

AI, IoT, Medical Devices Top Health Cybersecurity Predictions for 2019

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Cybersecurity continued to be a struggle for many in the healthcare sector this year, with several massive breaches, successful targeted phishing campaigns, and security events caused by human error. While providers struggled with the...

Reduce Employee Email Risk by Taking Decisions Away from Users

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Employees and human error often top the list as the healthcare sector’s biggest threat. Considering they are the catalyst for clicking malicious links, engaging with targeted phishing campaigns and mistakenly sending emails to the...

Biggest Challenges, Lessons Learned from Health Cybersecurity in 2018

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The cybersecurity issues faced by the healthcare sector in 2018 aren’t much different from those in recent years. However, hackers are increasing in sophistication and steadily improving success rates. The year started off with a...

How to Build a Balanced Healthcare Cybersecurity Budget

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The majority of healthcare security stakeholders agree that cybersecurity budgets are underfunded. And frankly, health organizations aren’t keeping pace with hackers who are continuously improving in sophistication. Data security...

Ransomware Attack Impacts EHR of Rhode Island Provider

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Rhode Island-based Thundermist Health Center was hit by a ransomware attack early Thursday, impacting some patient care. According to its website, officials acted quickly to contain the attack and were able to protect patient data and...

Pharmaceutical Companies Most Targeted Industry by Cybercriminals

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Phishing attacks and fraudulent business email compromise against the pharmaceutical sector have jumped 149 percent in the past year, making the biopharma sector the most targeted industry by hackers. According to Proofpoint researchers,...

DOJ Indicts SamSam Hackers Behind Targeted Ransomware Attacks

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The Department of Justice indicted two Iranian hackers behind the targeted and highly successful SamSam ransomware campaign that has plagued the healthcare sector for several years. The federal prosecutors charged Mohammad Mehdi Shah...

Pennsylvania Judge Rules UPMC Must Protect Employee Data

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled last week that the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is responsible for protecting personal employee data from hackers: The latest in a lengthy class-action lawsuit filed by UPMC employees against...

Weekend Ransomware Attack Interrupts Care at 2 Ohio Hospitals

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Patients needing emergency care were diverted away from East Ohio Regional Hospital and Ohio Valley Medical Center over the weekend due to a ransomware attack. Officials confirmed the attack began on Friday night and continued into...

NIST Seeks Comment on Remote Monitoring, Telehealth Cybersecurity

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The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence at NIST is seeking industry feedback on a draft paper that outlines how to best secure remote monitoring devices and systems for telehealth providers. As many healthcare delivery...

New Stealthy Russian Hacking Tool Targets Government Agencies

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A new Russian hacking tool is targeting government systems in the United States and Europe through spear-phishing attacks, using stealthy, sophisticated mechanisms to go undetected. Discovered by Palo Alto Networks, the...

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