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4.4M Patient Records Breached in Q3 2018, Protenus Finds

November 7, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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There were 117 disclosed health data breaches in the third quarter of 2018, leading to 4.4 million patient records breached, according to the Q3 Protenus Breach Barometer report.

Survey Reveals Disconnect Between Perception and Reality of Medical Device Security

November 6, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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A recent survey of healthcare IT professionals found a troubling disconnect between IT leaders’ confidence in the visibility and security of their connected medical devices and the effectiveness of legacy solutions to secure connected medical devices.

HHS Opens Rebranded Healthcare Cyber Center

November 2, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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HHS this week officially opened the Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center (HC3), designed to strengthen coordination and cybersecurity information sharing within the healthcare sector and promote cybersecurity resilience.

Mac McMillan Speaks to the Troubling Trend that Hospitals Still Aren’t Prioritizing Security

October 31, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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A survey released this morning from CHIME revealed that about 70 percent of responding patient care organizations do not have a comprehensive security program in place.

Industry Groups Call for Anti-Kickback Waiver for Cybersecurity Tech

October 31, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Several healthcare and health IT industry groups are calling for a wavier under anti-kickback rules to enable the donation of healthcare cybersecurity technology and services to help improve the cybersecurity posture of providers and promote secure data exchange.

Health Data Breach on Healthcare.gov Portal Impacts 75K People

October 23, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) direct enrollment pathway for agents and brokers suffered a cyber attack last week and the hackers accessed the files of approximately 75,000 individuals, according to a new release issued by CMS last Friday.

FDA Releases Draft Premarket Cybersecurity Guidance for Medical Device Manufacturers

October 19, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released draft guidance to the healthcare industry that updates cybersecurity recommendations for medical device manufacturers with the aim of addressing vulnerabilities and evolving cybersecurity threats.

GUEST BLOG: The Cybersecurity Shortage: Closing the Gap

October 17, 2018  |  Mac McMillan, Industry Voice
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The gap between the level of cybersecurity preparation that should exist in the current environment, and the reality, is both troubling and in need of closer examination, says Mac McMillan

Six Lessons From Boston Children’s ‘Hacktivist’ Attack

October 17, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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Boston Children's Hospital CIO Daniel Nigrin, M.D., discussed how the distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack his organization endured in 2014 spurred it to action.

Anthem Agrees to Record Payment—$16M—for Largest U.S. Health Data Breach

October 16, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Anthem, Inc. has agreed to pay $16 million to HHS' Office for Civil Rights to settle potential HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules violations in the largest U.S. health data breach in history.

Minnesota DHS Acknowledges Increase in Targeted Phishing Attacks

October 15, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Two phishing attacks on employees at the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) resulted in the possible leakage of about 21,000 Minnesotans’ personal information.

CISOs, CIOs Not Confident in Their Medical Device Security Strategy, New KLAS Research Finds

October 9, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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A new report from KLAS Research sheds light on the current state of the medical device security industry, including the finding that one-third of connected medical devices are "unpatchable."

Aspire Health Suffers Email Breach from Phishing Attack

September 28, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Aspire Health, a Nashville-based in-home healthcare provider, was hacked Sept. 3 as a result of a phishing attack and “lost” some protected health information (PHI), according to a report by the Tennessean.com.

Research: Hackers Leveraging Error Messages from Connected Medical Devices

September 27, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Recent research has identified a new trend in cyber attacks targeting connected medical devices—by simply monitoring the network traffic for common error messages, hackers can gain valuable insight into the inner workings of a device’s application.

Study: Health Plans Account for Majority of Breached Patient Records

September 25, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Health plans accounted for the greatest number of patient records breached over the past seven years, according to an analysis of U.S. health care data conducted by two Massachusetts General Hospital physicians.

Healthcare’s “RegTech” Opportunity: Avoiding a 2008-Style Crisis

September 21, 2018  |  Robert Lord, Industry Voice, Co-Founder and President of Protenus
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Today, as co-founder of a health technology company, I see healthcare is approaching a similarly dangerous situation as the financial crisis of 2007 to 2009.

HIPAA Settlements: Three Boston Hospitals Pay $1M in Fines for “Boston Trauma” Filming

September 20, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Three Boston hospitals that allowed film crews to film an ABC documentary on their premises have settled with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) over potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and...

Independence Blue Cross Notifies 17K Patients of Breach

September 19, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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The Philadelphia-based health insurer Independence Blue Cross is notifying about 17,000 of its members that some of their protected health information (PHI) has been exposed online and has potentially been accessed by unauthorized individuals.

Report: Healthcare Lags Other Industries in Phishing Resiliency

September 19, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Phishing attacks are a serious problem in the healthcare industry, yet a recent report found that the healthcare industry continues to trail behind many other industries in its phishing resiliency.

Health System CISOs Form Group to Address Third-Party Risk

August 30, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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Chief information security officers from six large health systems have formed a council to develop best practices around managing the information security-related risks in their supply chain.

The Healthcare CISO: An Essential Cyber Guardian

August 24, 2018  |  Nick Giannas, Industry Voice
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As cybersecurity incidents continue to increase and evolve, the CISO has become a pivotal role. What are the challenges healthcare leaders face in identifying and recruiting CISO candidates?

Phishing Attack at Georgia Health System May Have Exposed 400K Patients’ Data

August 20, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Augusta University Health System, based in Augusta, Georgia, has reported that a phishing attack on email accounts that occurred last fall may have led to the unauthorized access of protected health information (PHI) of approximately 417,000 individuals.

PODCAST: AHA's Cybersecurity Leader John Riggi on the Evolving Cyber Threats Facing Healthcare

August 17, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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A former FBI Cyber Division leader, John Riggi, now the AHA's senior advisor for cybersecurity and risk, discusses the evolving threats to healthcare.

Report: More than 3M Patient Records Breached in Second Quarter of 2018

August 8, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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More than 3.14 million patient records were breached in 142 disclosed health data breach incidents during a three-month span from April to June 2018, according to new data released in the Protenus Breach Barometer.

KLAS’s Recent Report on Cybersecurity Services Firms: What Are the Implications for HIT Leaders?

August 4, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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What are the implications for healthcare IT leaders in patient care organizations, from the results of the recently published KLAS Research report on cybersecurity services firms? KLAS analyst Dan Czech shares his perspectives

UnityPoint Health Notifies 1.4M Patients of Data Breach Caused by Phishing Attack

July 31, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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UnityPoint Health, a health system based in Des Moines, Ia., has let about 1.4 million patients know that their personal and health information may have been compromised, according to a press release from the organization.

PODCAST: Catching up with Cybersecurity Guru Mac McMillan

July 30, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Mac McMillan believes that 2017 was “clearly the year of ransomware,” but now, although ransomware attacks are still going on, the tide is shifting “to other and newer attacks.”

What Can the Industry Learn from Recent High-Profile Healthcare Cyber Attacks?

July 26, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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While a recent report found that healthcare ransomware attacks declined in the first half of 2018, a spate of recent high-profile cybersecurity incidents serves as a stark reminder that healthcare continues to be a ripe target for cyber attacks.

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