Healthcare Spotlight: Big Challenges, Bigger Solutions

Since the onset of COVID-19, it’s been challenge after challenge for hospitals nationwide. While tending to the unique and weighty demands of the pandemic, healthcare is simultaneously under siege from malicious actors seeking to take advantage of overworked staff and stretched IT security protocols. As our readers know, healthcare is one of the most at-risk […]

Hackers Vs. Hospitals: What You Need To Know

The novel coronavirus is giving cybercriminals a chance to restructure their attacks for vulnerable targets, and hospitals are at the top of the list. More specifically, they’re after patient data—and with an influx of new patients and healthcare organizations working at maximum capacity, the stakes are higher than ever. Across the nation, hospitals cope with […]

HIPAA Violations: Know The Cost

Regulations are everywhere in the cybersecurity world, to address the vast array of risks that come about as technology expands into every industry. In the past, we’ve discussed worrying trends in the healthcare industry—just last year, it surpassed all other industries in America in cybersecurity attacks, and still ranks noticeably low in digitization and cyber […]

Healthcare Steps Up Its Cybersecurity

Healthcare Steps Up Its Cybersecurity

Last week, we discussed the tendencies of hackers to strike where they can cause the most chaos, taking advantage of the socioeconomic disruptions caused by COVID-19. This week, we investigate a breach in federal security, and why in today’s world, cybersecurity is more than a precaution. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services faced […]

States Enact Even Tougher Breach Notification Laws than Federal HIPAA Requirements

Starting September 1, 2018, Colorado’s new Protections For Consumers Data Privacy law will require organizations to notify victims of breaches containing personal information within 30 days of determining that a breach occurred — 30 days before current federal HIPAA requirements. Like other state laws, Colorado’s newest approved bill signals to healthcare organizations that you can […]

Vendor Management Lessons from Aetna’s $20 Million Lawsuit

You likely use third-party vendors to outsource your payroll, HR or IT infrastructure — all essential business functions. Unfortunately, in doing so, you’re giving multiple companies access to sensitive data, including private patient or customer information. In the event of a breach or leak of said sensitive information, it’s important to know where the chips […]

Healthcare Breaches: The Newest Round of HIPAA Fines

A new HIPAA fine has been released, and it’s significant. Federal regulators have issued one of the largest HIPAA settlements ever in favor of 521 impacted individuals over Massachusetts-based healthcare organization Fresenius Medical Care (FMCNA). Cited specifically for a lack of risk analysis, FMNCA now ranks among one of the costliest HIPAA penalties issued, paying […]

Go Beyond HIPAA: Strengthening IT Security by Sharing Information

HIPPA compliance for healthcare organizations is crucial – yet many still struggle with meeting even the most basic requirements. Furthermore, merely employing a security profile that just meets regulations does not provide adequate protection. But what does it mean in real-life terms to not meet these requirements, and what steps can you take right now to […]

A Different Type of Phishing

Often, we see phishing schemes being perpetrated by hackers seeking to steal information. Rarely do we discover a scheme that is essentially an elaborate marketing tactic. Healthcare Info Security reports that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) sent a warning to organizations in the healthcare system, alerting them to an unusual phishing attempt. […]

The Cost of Lacking Security: OHSU HIPAA Settlement

One data breach is enough to wreak havoc on any organization. The damage one could do to your relationship with customers could be catastrophic for your business, and the fallout can cause you to rethink your entire security strategy. To add insult to injury, there are also typically steep financial penalties. Healthcare Info Security recently […]