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Healthcare Interconnectivity Opens the Door to Cyberthreats

The agenda for the annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference, held last week, included a good mix of session topics covering electronic health records (EHRs), advancement of medical devices and health IT, and interoperability of systems and applications to exchange patient data. There also were sessions devoted to the important issues of protecting patient data and enhancing cybersecurity.

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Posted in Cyberthreat, HIPAA, Risk Management


What Keeps Hospital CIOs & CISOs Up at Night

Hospital health data has been a clear target for hackers. They’re getting smarter, and education, and buy-in from the C-suite are key prevention strategies.

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Posted in cybergovernance, Cybersecurity, Data Security, HIPAA, Vendor Compliance
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E*Trade, Dow Jones: 7 Breach Lessons

Why Fraudsters Target Personally Identifiable Information

Two more firms in the financial services sector – E*Trade Financial and Dow Jones – have announced that they suffered data breaches that appeared to target not payment card data,

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Healthcare Cybersecurity – Necessary and Vital

The Medical Information Goldmine – Healthcare Cybersecurity

Retail stores are one thing,

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Protecting Against Anthem-Like Attacks

Experts Offer 9 Tips for Minimizing Risk of Anthem-Like Hacker Intrusions

Protecting Against Anthem-Like AttacksProtecting Against Anthem-Like Attacks

By , February 10, 2015 for HealthCareInfoSec

In the aftermath of the massive data breach at Anthem Inc.,

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Posted in Compliance, Cyberattack, Cybersecurity, Encryption, Hacks, HIPAA, Incident Response, Insider Threats, Malware, Malware & Other Threats, Phishing, Regulatory, Risk Management, Vendor Compliance
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Healthcare and the Role of Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity: Healthcare Organizations Can Learn from Mistakes

Suhail Nanji – Director, Eastern Region SMLR Group, Inc.

Healthcare entities have a lot at stake when it comes to cybersecurity. Sensitive patient data released into the public sphere puts everyone on edge.

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Posted in Content, Cybersecurity, Encryption, Governent Oversight, Hacks, HIPAA, Incident Response, Insider Threats, Malware, Malware & Other Threats, Privacy, Privacy Laws, Regulatory, Risk Management, Vendor Compliance
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Unpatched Software? $150,000 HIPAA Fine

OCR Imposes HIPAA Penalty on Alaska Mental Health Provider

By , December 9, 2014. Follow Marianne @HealthInfoSec

Federal regulators are sending a powerful message about the importance of applying software patches by slapping an Alaska mental health services providers with a $150,000 HIPAA sanction.

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Beth Israel Deaconess Fined for Breach

Breach: Stolen Physician’s Laptop Contained Unencrypted Patient Data
By , November 21, 2014. Follow Marianne @HealthInfoSec

The Massachusetts Attorney General has fined Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston $100,000 as a result of a 2012 breach involving a stolen unencrypted laptop.

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Small Businesses Face Big Data Breach Risks

Size is Not A Defense When it Comes to Data Breaches

by Mark Pribish, VP Merchants Information Solutions, an SMLR Strategic Partner

Is your business prepared for the cost, liability and potential business interruption of a data breach? Your business being hit by ID-theft criminals is a frightening thought,

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Hacker Incidents Wake-Up Calls for Health Sector

Hacker Incidents Point to Need for More Information Sharing

By Marianne Kolbasuk McGee for Healthcare InfoSecurity, September 4, 2014.

The healthcare industry has had several loud wake-up calls so far this year, providing an alarm that the sector is not immune to the kinds of hacker attacks that have been more commonly associated with banks and retailers.

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