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Maintaining Medical Device Cybersecurity in an Evolving Industry


Outdated operating systems in connected devices could create patient safety issues in addition to medical device cybersecurity concerns. A faulty implanted device could impacts patients or ransomware could prevent patients from receiving proper...

FDA Announces Update on Abbott Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities


A recent firmware update was created in an effort to reduce potential harm from cybersecurity vulnerabilities in certain Abbott pacemakers. The FDA approved the update, saying patients and providers should discuss the firmware update at their...

OIG Notes NC Potential Medicaid Data Security Vulnerabilities


The North Carolina State Medicaid agency (State agency) did not implement necessary information system general controls to ensure proper Medicaid data security measures, according to an OIG report. The State agency contracts with CRSA, Inc. for...

HIMSS Stresses Proactive Healthcare Cybersecurity Measures


Regular risk assessments, updating business continuity plans, and implementing a cybersecurity framework are all key ways for providers to follow a proactive healthcare cybersecurity approach, according to HIMSS Director of Privacy and Security...

New Mexico Medicaid Data Security Requires Improvements


The New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) has certain vulnerabilities in its Medicaid data security, which could put HSD operations at risk, according to a recent OIG investigation. HSD migrated from a legacy eligibility system to the Automated...

Improve Healthcare Authentication with New NIST Guide


NIST recently released updated digital identity guidelines for federal agencies looking to create a secure authentication process. While not designed for healthcare authentication specifically, the guidelines could help the industry ensure a...

Texas Healthcare Privacy, Security Focus in Recent Partnership


Texas covered entities will now have assistance in working toward healthcare privacy and security compliance measures through a recent partnership between the Texas Health Services Authority (THSA) and Third Rock Incorporated. THSA will...

Medical Device Cybersecurity Top Challenge to IoT Ecosystem


Individuals working in the Internet of Things (IoT) connected medical device ecosystem are most concerned with potential medical device cybersecurity issues, according to a recent Deloitte poll. Nearly one-third of respondents – 35.6 percent...

How HHS’ HCCIC Will Improve Healthcare Cybersecurity


HHS’ Healthcare Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (HCCIC) is a critical step toward improving healthcare cybersecurity and will also augment the Department of Homeland Security’s own National Cybersecurity and Communications...

DirectTrust Sees 15% PHI Sharing Increase for Q2 2017


There has been a continued increase in the number of organizations utilizing PHI sharing through Direct exchange, with a 15 percent increase in the number of trusted Direct addresses able to share PHI, according to a DirectTrust statement. The...

FTC Blogs Review Data Security, Data Breach Prevention Basics


The FTC has started a blog series to help organizations better understand the agency’s approach to data security, and to ensure that entities in numerous sectors can create strong data prevention measures. Starting with the FTC’s...

NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework Focuses on Education


The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) released a Cybersecurity Workforce Framework to help organizations in various sectors educate and train staff members in needed cybersecurity measures. Entities will also have guidance...

What Are Critical Considerations in Risk Management?


Healthcare risk management is an increasingly critical area as cybersecurity threats continue to evolve. Regardless of an organization’s size, it needs to ensure that the right policies, procedures, and tools are in place so staff members...

HIMSS: Medical Device Security, Data Breaches Top Concerns


Healthcare security professionals are mainly concerned with medical device security, patient safety, and data breaches, according to the 2017 HIMSS Cybersecurity survey. More healthcare organizations are working toward their cybersecurity programs,...

Focusing on Employee Training for Stronger Health IT Security


The American Hospital Association’s Hospital & Health Networks (H&HN) Most Wired rankings were released earlier this summer, and showed that providers are making great strides in their health IT security. Providers are...

DHS, Siemens Warn of Potential Medical Device Vulnerabilities


Possible medical device vulnerabilities, specifically within medical imaging products, have been identified, according to an advisory from the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team...

OPM Data Breach Controls Improved, Further Action Required


The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has made improvements in its data security, but a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report still outlined several areas where OPM data breach controls can be strengthened. The 2015 OPM data breaches...

HITRUST, Trend Micro Set to Improve Cyber Threat Management


HITRUST and Trend Micro have partnered together in an effort to further advance cyber threat information sharing and the cyber threat management process, according to a HITRUST release. The HITRUST Cyber Threat Management and Response Center...

Medical Device Cybersecurity Act Draws Industry Support


Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal introduced medical device cybersecurity legislation last week in an effort to better protect sensitive patient information and to create stronger cybersecurity protections for connected devices. The Medical...

Most Wired Org Focuses on Multi-Level Healthcare Data Security


The American Hospital Association’s Hospital & Health Networks (H&HN) Most Wired rankings showed that more organizations are finding successful ways to balance innovation and healthcare data security. St. Luke’s University...


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