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House Committee Calls on HHS to Enhance Security of Medical Device Components

November 21, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The House Committee on Energy and Commerce is calling on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to take steps to strengthen the cybersecurity of medical devices by focusing on the security of technology components.

Only 27 Percent of Healthcare Security Execs Confident about Safeguarding Patient Data

November 20, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Just 27 percent of healthcare security executives have confidence they can safeguard patients’ medical records, even though nearly 80 percent are required to comply with government regulations, according to a recent survey from cybersecurity solutions provider...

House Committee Examining Personnel and Organizational Changes at HHS Cybersecurity Center

November 16, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The House Committee on Energy and Commerce is examining whether the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) retaliated against two key HHS cybersecurity officials and whether those actions weakened the federal agency’s role in responding to healthcare...

Survey: 26 Percent of Healthcare Organizations Would Pay Ransom in a Cyber Attack

November 15, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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A survey of 300 healthcare IT professionals in the UK and the US found that 26 percent reported that their organization would be willing to pay a ransom in the event of a cyber attack. Of these, 85 percent of UK healthcare IT professionals and 68 percent of U.S....

Media Report: HHS Cybersecurity Initiative Stalled Due to Contracting Investigation

November 14, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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A healthcare-specific cybersecurity communication center within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is now at the center of an investigation into contracting irregularities and possible fraud allegations, according to a report by Politico.

At Texas Health Resources, A Strategic Approach to Evolving Cybersecurity Challenges

November 14, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The health system’s CISO, Ron Mehring, details the organization’s data center transformation project and creating the security infrastructure needed to support future business and clinical initiatives.

House Bipartisan Bill Aims to Improve HHS Cybersecurity

November 2, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Reps. Billy Long (R-MO) and Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA) introduced new legislation Wednesday that would allow the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to reorganize its cybersecurity personnel and gives the HHS Secretary authority to designate an...

Report: “Simple Actions” Could Have Protected NHS from WannaCry

October 31, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The digital arm of the National Health Service (NHS) reports that all healthcare organizations infected by the WannaCry virus, which caused major disruptions in the U.K. medical care system, shared the same vulnerability and could have taken simple actions to...

FirstHealth Reports Network Impacted by New WannaCry Malware

October 27, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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FirstHealth of the Carolinas announced that it shut down its computer network last week after a threat from a new version of the WannaCry malware virus, and the system is continuing to operate on standard downtime procedures.

CISO Survey: End Users See Security as a Hurdle to Innovation

October 23, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Traditional approaches to security are leading to frustrated users and strained relationships between workers and IT departments, according to the findings of a CISO survey. About three-fourths (74 percent) of CISOs say end users are frustrated that security...

House Committee Presses Nuance Executives on NotPetya Attack

October 20, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee is requesting that Nuance Communications executives provide more information about the malware incident, called NotPetya, that impacted the company, along with multinational companies in 65 countries, back in June.

Report: Healthcare Organizations Struggle with Human Error in Securing PHI

October 19, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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In the first nine months of 2017, unintended disclosure accounted for 41 percent of healthcare data breach incidents, according to a report from specialist insurer Beazley.

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