A bipartisan Senate bill proposes closer collaboration between the Department of Health and Human Services and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, with a goal of strengthening cybersecurity in the health and public health sectors. But would that make a major difference?
The number of major health data breaches posted to the federal tally so far in 2022 - and the total number of individuals affected by those breaches - has surged in recent weeks as reports of large hacking incidents continue to flow in to regulators.
The pandemic has raised the ante significantly for the attack surface and the level of insider threats facing healthcare sector entities, according to Dave Bailey, vice president of security services, and attorney Andrew Mahler, vice president of privacy and compliance, of consultancy CynergisTek.
Gaps in federal regulations concerning the security and privacy of health data falling outside HIPAA's umbrella are getting filled to some extent by various state laws. But that's creating additional challenges, says privacy attorney Kirk Nahra of the law firm WilmerHale.
Federal regulators have released the final versions of the long-awaited Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement, which provide a governance framework to promote secure, interoperable nationwide health information exchange - an effort that has been in the making for years.
In the latest weekly update, four editors at Information Security Media Group discuss important cybersecurity issues, including mitigating the Apache Log4j zero-day vulnerability, findings from a new report analyzing the Conti ransomware attack on Ireland's Health Services Executive and President Biden's drive to...
No question, the COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating for healthcare professionals. But it also has brought new opportunities for IT and security leaders to exercise unprecedented influence on healthcare enablement. Anahi Santiago, CISO of ChristianaCare, discusses this enormous responsibility.
A criminal hack attack has disrupted healthcare in Canada's easternmost province and resulted in the theft of patient information and personal details for healthcare employees. The province of Newfoundland and Labrador disclosed the apparent ransomware attack on Oct. 30, and has yet to restore all systems.
The acquisition of the SAFE Identity consortium and its trust framework by DirectTrust, best known for creating and maintaining trust frameworks for secure email messaging in healthcare, will help facilitate new secure health information exchange use cases, says DirectTrust CEO Scott Stuewe.
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Data is a crucial and pervasive asset of any healthcare organization, but to safeguard your most
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As patients more commonly use smartphones and APIs to access their health information, critical security and privacy considerations need to be top of mind, says Micky Tripathi, the new national coordinator for health IT at HHS.
Micky Tripathi - a longtime health IT expert with deep roots in secure health information exchange and interoperability issues - will be the new head of the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
A Baltimore medical center that suffered a ransomware attack a month ago and pulled its electronic health record system offline as a precaution is finally beginning to restore access to the system, the organization's CEO says. It's the latest example of how cyberattacks can derail EHRs.
In the year ahead, healthcare organizations must be prepared to face an assortment of advancing security threats, including those that damage the integrity of critical patient data, says Rod Piechowski of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.
Cybersecurity professionals operate in a dynamic environment driven by two accelerating forces; threat developments and the rapid adoption of new technologies. And yet most companies still rely on discrete snapshots of their security performance.
Healthcare organizations must cope with both forces - they have...