Cybersecurity

Hackers outpace insiders for healthcare breaches reported in July

For the first half of 2017, insiders caused the majority of healthcare breaches. But for the first time this year, hacking incidents were the greatest threat to the healthcare industry, according to the latest Protenus Breach Barometer released Wednesday.Healthcare organizations reported 36 breaches to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil

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Medical Device Cybersecurity: Legal Concerns

Healthcare organizations need to consider a number of legal issues when it comes to cybersecurity incidents involving medical devices, says attorney Thomas Barnard of the law firm Baker Donelson.”There are a couple layers that we need to be concerned about,” Barnard says in an interview with Information Security Media Group. “You have individual liabilities for

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NIST tweaks advice on passwords, says make them easier to remember

Theyre difficult to memorize so employees skirt hospital IT rules when conjuring them up anyway, group says.The National Institute of Standards and Technology on Wednesday published new guidance on how to strengthen passwords. Why now? Research shows that the de facto standard practice of requiring users to include a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters,

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Poll: NIST advises simpler passwords, but will your hospital update its policies?

Take our poll and well report back on what other hospital IT shops are planning to do.In new draft guidance, the National Institutes of Standards and Technology urged healthcare and other IT shops to ease common password requirements.Instead of mandating that log-in credentials consist of numbers and symbols in addition to letters, NIST said phrases

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Improving the Cybersecurity of IoT, Medical Devices

The Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are working closely with safety certification and consulting firm UL to improve the cybersecurity of internet of things devices as well as medical devices procured by the government. The effort could yield benefits to the private sector as well, two researchers explain

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Healthcare Leaders Must Prepare for the Worst When It Comes to Cybersecurity

Technology prepares provider organizations to protect patients and staff from growing threats.Hope for the best outcome, but prepare for the worst.The advice is simple, but clearly applicable to healthcare, particularly in the wake of ongoing cyberattacks.Each day, providers strive to care for patients who walk through their doors and to keep them safe and secure.

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