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Healthcare Cybersecurity Is a Top 2019 Executive Challenge

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Healthcare cybersecurity will be one of the top 10 challenges, issues, and/or opportunities facing healthcare executives next year, according to a new poll by the Healthcare Executive Group (HCEG). Healthcare cybersecurity covers such...

HHS Still Leads in DMARC Implementation To Stop Phishing Attacks

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With the Oct. 16 deadline looming, HHS continues to lead in securing the most domains of any federal agency as part of the DMARC protocol implementation, which is designed to prevent phishing attacks from succeeding. As of Sept. 14, HHS...

Europol Warns Nation-States Behind More Ransomware Attacks

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The European law enforcement agency Europol is warning that nation-states are increasingly behind ransomware attacks, such as the 2017 WannaCry campaign. The WannaCry ransomware targeted medical devices and...

CMS Needs To Beef Up Risk Management for Medicare Database

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) needs to improve its risk management oversight and security controls to ensure the availability of the Medicare enrollment database (EDB), concluded an HHS Office of Inspector General...

Healthcare Workers Uninformed About Cybersecurity Best Practices

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Forty percent of healthcare workers would allow a colleague to use their work computer, displaying a disturbing lack of knowledge about cybersecurity best practices. Surprisingly, healthcare workers performed better than government...

Healthcare Lags Other Industries in Phishing Attack Resiliency Rate

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Healthcare trails other major industries in its phishing attack resiliency rate, which measures the ratio between people who report a phish versus those who fall victim to one, according to a report released Sept. 17 by Cofense. The...

Vendor Blamed for Health Data Breach Exposing 1,500 BCBSRI Members

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) said that a health data breach of PHI affecting 1,567 people was caused by a vendor responsible for sending benefits explanations to members, the Providence Journal reported. The...

OIG Backs FDA Process Changes To Boost Medical Device Security

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To improve medical device security, the HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is recommending that the FDA better integrate cybersecurity criteria into its premarket review process for medical devices. In a report released Sept. 10,...

Consumers Have Most Confidence In Physician’s Health Data Security

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A full 87 percent of consumers surveyed by Rock Health said that they had confidence in the health data security of their physician, but that number dropped to 68 percent for pharmacies and 60 percent for health insurance...

FDA Expects Updated Medical Device Security Guidance This Fall

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The FDA plans to update its premarket guidance for medical device security this fall, said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb during a Sept. 5 speech to the Medical Device Innovation Consortium 2018 Annual Public Forum. The guidance will...

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...

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