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Cybersecurity in Healthcare

HHS Comes Up Short in Web Application, Network Security, says OIG

March 13, 2019 - Eight HHS operating divisions were tested for web application and network security and found wanting, according to a recently released OIG report. The HHS divisions came up short in configuration management, access control, data input controls, and software patching. To identify the vulnerabilities, OIG contracted with Defense Point Security to conduct penetration testing during FY...


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HL7 Standards Could Open Health IT Infrastructure to Cyberattacks

by Fred Donovan

The HL7 standards, key for healthcare interoperability, could open up healthcare infrastructure to cyberattacks, warned researchers at the University of California (UC) system. The HL7 standards provide a widely used framework for the...

Hospitals Are at High Risk of Cyberattacks, Warns Moody’s

by Fred Donovan

Hospitals are at high risk for cyberattacks, judged Moody’s Investors Service in a new report.  Other sectors that are at high risk for cyberattacks include banks, securities firms, and financial market infrastructures....

Upgrading Health IT Infrastructure Top Challenge for Healthcare

by Fred Donovan

Upgrading health IT infrastructure was cited as among the top challenges facing healthcare executives in 2019. On behalf of SAP, Porter Research polled 100 healthcare CEOs, CFOs, and CIOs from acute care hospitals and integrated...

Outdated Health IT Infrastructure Attracts Hackers to Hospitals

by Fred Donovan

Outdated healthcare IT infrastructure is attracting cybercriminals to hospitals, which are the most vulnerable type of organization, judged a new cybersecurity report. Other factors attracting cybercriminals to healthcare include lack of...

Network Infrastructure Complexity Cited as Security Challenge

by Fred Donovan

The complexity of the healthcare network infrastructure is a barrier to remediation and mitigation of security incidents, according to 166 health information security professionals surveyed for the 2019 HIMSS Cybersecurity...

HITRUST Unveils Tool to Assess Healthcare Supply Chain Risk

by Fred Donovan

The Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) has unveiled as third-party assurance (TPA) risk triage methodology, which provides a framework for assessing the risk exposure of third-party IT relationships in the healthcare supply...

HSCC Releases Medical Device Security Plan for Clinical Practice

by Fred Donovan

The public-private sector Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council (HSCC) has released the Medical Device and Health IT Joint Security Plan (JSP), which contains recommendations for managing medical device security in...

Cynerio Gets $7M for Healthcare Internet of Things Security Product

by Fred Donovan

Cynerio, a startup providing cybersecurity for healthcare Internet of Things devices, has received an infusion of $7 million in its latest funding round. Investors in the most recent round are Accelmed, an investment firm focused on...

Network Management Makes Top 10 Cybersecurity Best Practices List

by Fred Donovan

Effective network management is one of the top 10 cybersecurity best practices for healthcare organizations laid out in a recent publication released by HHS and the Health Sector Coordinating Council. The four-volume publication, entitled...

Healthcare Network Firewalls Include Next-Generation Features

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Organizations looking for healthcare network firewalls should consider the features that make each vendor unique, so they can select a solution that best meets their needs, according to Gartner’s latest Magic Quadrant...

Upgrading Healthcare Network Security to Protect Patient Data

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Last year, healthcare network data breaches hit an all-time high as cyberattackers targeted patient records. Entities need to gain more visibility and control over their networks and protect patient data by upgrading healthcare network...

HIMSS Highlights Evolving HIT Cybersecurity Threats, Improvements

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

HIMSS released its 2018 Cybersecurity Survey and found that most healthcare organizations continue to experience significant security incidents. As HIT cybersecurity grows more advanced, the threats have evolved to challenge sophisticated...

How Artificial Intelligence Can Shape Health IT Infrastructure

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare has the potential to dramatically change the industry. AI can impact how patients are treated and cared for and can affect cybersecurity and analytics. Although the technology is still in its...

Benefits of Using Patches to Protect Health IT Infrastructure

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Patches and updates are a necessary part of health IT infrastructure to ensure that all systems are functioning at their highest capacity and security gaps are closed. Healthcare organizations that do not patch their systems regularly can...

Lack of Security Upgrades Threaten Health IT Infrastructure

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Healthcare organizations are spending more money upgrading their health IT infrastructure but may not be making the complementary digital security upgrades, according to a recent AJMC study. The study found that network attacks, while...

Proactive HIT Infrastructure Security Reduces Network Vulnerability

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Infrastructure technology is evolving quickly and organizations are subsequently faced with more sophisticated healthcare security threats. Simply monitoring and reacting to malware and other security threats are not enough to protect the...

Verification, Automation Strengthen Healthcare Network Security

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Organizations going through a digital transformation are challenged when it comes to ensuring their healthcare network security can handle all the traffic and different devices connecting to it. Many organizations lack visibility and...

Healthcare SIEM Provides Security Through Event Data Monitoring

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Healthcare cybersecurity is more important than ever as organizations look for solutions that give them network visibility along with necessary control to defend against cyberattacks. Security information and event management (SIEM) in...

Medical Device Security Begins with Health IT Infrastructure

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Medical device security complexities continue to plague healthcare as organizations look for health IT infrastructure solutions to exchange data over the network. As more medical devices connect to the network, the more complex securely...

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