Ransomware Leads the Way in 2017’s Predicted Rise in Health Data Theft

HIMSS Unveils New Cybersecurity Hub: 5 Things to Know

Editor’s Note: Santosh Varughese is the President of Cognetyx, a provider of ‘Ambient Cognitive Cyber Surveillance’ to protect information assets against cyber security threats, data breaches and privacy violations. Welcome to 2017, the writing is on the wall and it didn’t take long to get there. Earlier this month Atlanta’s Emory Healthcare was hacked by the Harak1r1 the 0.2 Bitcoin Ransomware.  A database from the facility’s Brain Health Center containing data from more than 200,000 patients
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The Reality of Ransomware Attacks: Are Healthcare Providers Truly Prepared?

The Reality of Ransomware Attacks: Are Providers Truly Prepared?

 HIMSS’ Director of Privacy and Security Lee Kim, explains why now is the time for healthcare to get serious on preperation to tackle ransomware attacks.    Healthcare data hacked into and virtually held hostage? It may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but it’s a true story told repeatedly and increasingly both in the U.S. and abroad. Today, ransomware and cyber-attacks in healthcare are beyond real, and so are the costly consequences. According to HIMSS’ Lee Kim, now is the time to
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Recent Hospital Breach Offers 3 New Lessons Learned for Providers

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Editor’s Note: D’Arcy Guerin Gue is a co-founder of Phoenix, with over 25 years of experience in executive leadership, strategic planning, IT services, knowledge leadership, and industry  relations —  with a special focus on patient engagement and federal compliance issues. She currently serves as the Director of Industry Relations at Phoenix Health Systems, a division of Medsphere SystemsYesterday, the Children’s National Medical Center announced yet another  major hospital breach, this one
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Data Breaches: Moving Security Perimeter Back to Server Level

Infographic: History of Security Data Breaches in Healthcare

Editor's Note:  Jon Senger is the CTO of Vertiscale . He writes frequently on the on the topic of HIPAA compliance and the role of MSPs in healthcare security.The leading cause of data breach incidents in healthcare facilities is lost or stolen end-user devices, including laptops and tablets. Such breaches have led to six figure fines for HIPAA violations in some cases, and with the stepped up enforcement coming in 2016 promised by the Department of Health and Human Services, we can expect to
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Healthcare Data: The New Prized Target for Hackers

Infographic: History of Security Data Breaches in Healthcare

Hackers are searching for their new targets and have landed on the health industry. People of all ages are using Mhealth, fitness tracking devices and wearables to improve their health but aren’t realizing that the personal information they share on those platforms aren’t as secure as you’d think. While many people see high-profile data breaches in the news like The Office of Personnel and Ashley Madison, they still don’t take the appropriate actions to protect themselves. Each generation
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Infographic: The Sick State of Healthcare Data Breaches

Infographic: History of Security Data Breaches in Healthcare

1 in 3 Americans were victims of healthcare data breaches, attributed to a series of large-scale attacks that each affected more than 10 million individuals, according to Bitglass’ 2016 Healthcare Breach Report. Among the most significant findings of the report was that in 2015, 98 percent of record leaks were due to large-scale breaches targeting the healthcare industry. These high-profile attacks were the largest source of healthcare data loss and indicate that cyber attackers are increasingly
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Report: Hackers Caused 98% of Healthcare Data Breaches in 2015

Healthcare Breach Report 2016

1 in 3 Americans were victims of healthcare data breaches, attributed to a series of large-scale attacks that each affected more than 10 million individuals. These and other statistics are contained in Bitglass’ 2016 Healthcare Breach Report, which the company issued today. The findings of the Bitglass 2016 Healthcare Breach Report come from analyzing data on the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ “Wall of Shame,” a database of breach disclosures required as part of the
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Senate Cybersecurity Bill: 5 Key Facts for Healthcare Organizations

Infographic: History of Security Data Breaches in Healthcare

On Tuesday, the Senate passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act,  a bill that intends to improve cybersecurity by getting companies to share information about their hacking threats with the federal government. Passed by a 74-21 vote, the bill includes a provision co-authored by Alexander and Senate health committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) that would help protect against health care industry data breaches. A recent Accenture report predicts that healthcare data breaches will
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5 Essentials to Reduce Healthcare Data Breaches

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According to the 2014 Healthcare Breach Report from Bitglass, the total number of healthcare data breaches per year has remained fairly constant for the past three years—averaging about 200 breaches per year. About 6x as many credit card numbers as medical records are stolen each year. Healthcare data breaches are a big deal for healthcare consumers, the cost of breaking the rules is steep: Up to $50,000 per HIPAA violation, or up to $1,500,000 per calendar year per identical violation. In one
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