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Recent Cybersecurity Bill Focuses on State, Local Preparation

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A reintroduced cybersecurity bill hopes to help state and local governments fight against the increasing number of cybersecurity threats. The State and Local Cyber Protection Act will require more coordination with the Department of...

Preparing for Increasing Healthcare Cybersecurity Risks

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The more connected that covered entities and business associates become, such as through the use of IoT devices and BYOD strategies, they must ensure that potential healthcare cybersecurity risks remain a top consideration.   Failing to...

HHS Information Security Programs Better, Can Still Improve

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The Department of Health and Human Services has made improvements to its information security programs, including in its compliance with the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 (FISMA), but there are still areas that can become...

HITRUST CSF Roadmap Focuses on Small Healthcare Orgs, NIST CSF

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HITRUST announced enhancements to its cybersecurity framework, which will assist smaller healthcare organizations create stronger risk management programs, cybersecurity measures, and help them achieve NIST Cybersecurity Framework (NIST CSF)...

Why Data Security is Critical with Healthcare Blockchain

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Healthcare organizations are utilizing more electronic data than ever before, and many are working toward interoperability and connecting to HIEs. Data security measures cannot be an afterthought, and must be a top priority as covered entities...

Securing Endpoint Devices from Healthcare Ransomware Threats

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More healthcare organizations are implementing mobile devices and opting for BYOD strategies to help strengthen communication capabilities. However, the increase in endpoint devices has also opened entities up to more security issues, such as...

OCR Calls for Healthcare Cybersecurity Collaboration

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The government, private sector, and international network defense communities all need to work toward stronger collaboration and information sharing to combat the increasing amount of healthcare cybersecurity threats, the Office for Civil Rights...

Why Healthcare Cybersecurity is a Risk Management Issue

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Healthcare organizations are slowly working to increase their healthcare cybersecurity governance, staffing, and budgetary resources, but there is still room for improvement, according to a recent study. The second annual HIMSS Analytics HIT...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Increasingly Key Issue in C-Suite

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Healthcare providers are continuing to prioritize cybersecurity concerns, according to a recent KLAS Research and College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) study. In efforts to ensure stronger data security measures, more...

GAO Urges Improvement in Federal Cybersecurity Measures

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Improvements must be made to the federal government’s cybersecurity measures, especially to ensure that federal information systems and cyber critical infrastructure remain secure, according to a recent GAO report.   Changes will also...

ISACA Finds Cybersecurity Skills Gap Leaves 25% of Orgs Exposed

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Evolving cybersecurity threats pose dangers to numerous industries, including healthcare, but a recent survey indicates that there is a cybersecurity skills gap that leaves entities exposed for months at a time. Over one-third of respondents...

Ransomware, Medical Device Security Top HIMSS17 Topics

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With HIMSS17 right around the corner, it’s time for healthcare IT professionals to gear up for the annual conference breaking down the industry’s hottest topics. Last year saw a drastic increase in ransomware attacks, so it should...

Md. Introduces Ransomware Bill with Criminal, Civil Penalties

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A recent ransomware bill introduced into the Maryland General Assembly calls for steeper penalties for individuals who utilize the malicious software for such attacks. Maryland Senator Sen. Susan Lee sponsored the bill, HB 340, which “creates...

DHS Issues Update on St. Jude Medical Device Vulnerability

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Successfully exploiting a medical device vulnerability found in certain St. Jude devices may give a remote attacker access to communication endpoints, according to a recent advisory from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The follow-up...

3 Key Steps for Stronger Data Security in Healthcare

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There was a recent Forbes article that analyzed the findings from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), which looked at the total number of breaches and impacted people in 2015. So, what did OCR find? In 2015, there were 253 healthcare breaches,...

Preventing Insider Threats from Affecting Health Data Security

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There are numerous potential threats to health data security, and the increasingly complex level of technology will only help add to that threat level. Insider threats are one key area of concern, as careless or poorly trained employees could...

GAO Finds DHS Cybersecurity Measures Have Room for Improvement

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While the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has worked toward implementing necessary cybersecurity measures in its National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), there are still factors impeding its efficiency and effectiveness,...

How Healthcare IT Teams Bring Value and Security to Providers

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Over the recent years, some of the most successful healthcare organizations are those that thoroughly involve their IT teams with overall business goals. IT professionals are no longer a silo operation, put in place to put out fires or deal with...

Cybersecurity Risk Management Focus in HITRUST Catalogue

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Having a stronger understanding of cybersecurity risk management is a key way for healthcare organizations to view potential risk areas and keep data secure, according to the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST). That was a driving factor...

Consumers Worried National Data Privacy Capabilities Lacking

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With many Americans admitting to having personal experience with a major data breach, it should come as no surprise that they have concerns with how the government and other corporations handle data privacy. Out of 1,040 surveyed adults, 64 percent...

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