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Reports: Indiana Cancer Services Agency Hacked, Won’t Pay Ransom

January 19, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
Earlier this month, Cancer Services of East Central Indiana- Little Red Door’s terminal server and backup drive were hacked by cybercriminal TheDarkOverlord, leading to a ransom demand that the cancer services facility will not pay, according to media reports.

Insurer to Pay $2.2M HIPAA Settlement for Disclosure of Unsecured ePHI

January 19, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
MAPFRE Life Insurance Company of Puerto Rico has agreed to settle potential noncompliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules by paying $2.2 million.

Selling Cybersecurity in the Age of Ransomware

January 18, 2017  |  Heather Landi
article
CISOs and CIOs face significant challenges in their work to strengthen data security, and one major hurdle is that, despite the very real threat of internal and external data breaches, investments in cybersecurity can be a tough sell.

Cybersecurity Consulting Firm CynergisTek Acquired by Auxilio

January 17, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
Austin, Tex.-based cybersecurity and privacy consulting firm CynergisTek has been acquired by Auxilio, Inc., a provider of document workflow solutions and IT security services based in Mission Viejo, California, in a deal valued at up to $34.3 million.

Lessons Learned from 2016: It’s Time to Address Internal Security Threats to Health Data

January 15, 2017  |  Heather Landi
commentary
Throughout 2016, the message from cybersecurity experts has been fairly consistent and increasingly urgent—leaders at patient care organizations need to prioritize IT security. And, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, a recent year-in-review report on...

KPMG Leader: “The Healthcare CIO is in a Very Tough Spot”

January 13, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
The pressure continues to mount on healthcare CIOs. What can they do to best navigate the road ahead?

Healthcare Data Breaches: A Year in Review

January 13, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
The latest year-in-review Breach Barometer report from Protenus paints a stark picture—2016 average at least one health data breach per day, affecting more than 27 million patient records.

NIST Publishes Draft Update to Cybersecurity Framework

January 12, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published proposed updates to the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity—also known as the Cybersecurity Framework.

Should Healthcare Organizations be Looking at Biometrics for Health IT Security?

January 11, 2017  |  Heather Landi
article
The use of biometric technology solutions—fingerprints, hand geometry, retina or iris scans—for data security purposes is beginning to pick up momentum across the healthcare space as data security leaders face an increasingly hostile cyber threat landscape.

California Dept. of Insurance: Anthem Breach Caused by Foreign Nation

January 11, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
Examination findings from the 2015 cybersecurity breach of health insurance giant Anthem Inc., which compromised 78.8 million consumers' records, have revealed that very likely, “the cyber attacker was acting on behalf of a foreign government."

Time for Enlightened Leadership on IT Security in 2017

January 11, 2017  |  Mac McMillan
article
As the new year begins, it’s time for the leaders of patient care organizations to make IT security a major priority for their enterprises—and they need to move quickly, as threats to U.S. healthcare inevitably accelerate in the current operating environment...

Illinois Healthcare Network to Pay $475,000 for Lack of Timely Breach Notification

January 10, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced this week the first Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) enforcement action based on the untimely reporting of a breach of unsecured protected...

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