Jessica Davis

Jessica Davis is Associate Editor of Healthcare IT News.

HHS cybersecurity audit
By Jessica Davis 01:51 pm September 19, 2017
The increase in threats and sophistication have prompted the need to shore up government security policies, according to the agency’s updated 2017 work plan.
Locky ransomware
By Jessica Davis 01:06 pm September 19, 2017
The prolific malware strain that has pummeled the healthcare sector since 2016 is now being paired with another variant, allowing hackers to double-up their payload.
phishing attack

The phishing attack at Augusta University Medical Center in Georgia occurred five months ago. Photo via Google Maps

By Jessica Davis 02:34 pm September 18, 2017
While officials say less than 1 percent of patients were impacted by the breach, this is the second time the organization has been hit with a successful phishing attack within the last year.
threat intelligence

The number one reason threat intelligence is often ineffective is due to lack of expertise, a new report says.

By Jessica Davis 02:25 pm September 15, 2017
While 86 percent of IT security professionals found threat data valuable to their security missions, only 51 are using the intelligence to handle risk, Ponemon says.
Kaspersky banned by Homeland Security

Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, NSA Director Admiral Michael Rogers, Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. General Vincent Stewart and Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Robert Cardillo testify before the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on May 11.

By Jessica Davis 10:29 am September 14, 2017
While Kaspersky has continuously denied any wrongdoing, the Department of Homeland Security is giving agencies just 90 days to remove all software from systems.
HIPAA compliance pitfalls

"As soon as you identify issues that could turn into problems, you have to seek help. And don’t try to do it alone,” said Matt Fisher at the HIMSS Security Forum in Boston on Monday.

By Jessica Davis 12:44 pm September 13, 2017
Healthcare attorney Matthew Fisher on how providers can work toward better compliance policies and avoid common mistakes.
hackable flaws found in Smiths Medical Medfusion 4000 devices

Smiths Medical Medfusion 4000 wireless syringe infusion pump delivers small doses of medicine in healthcare facilities, both globally and in the U.S. Photo via Smiths Medical

By Jessica Davis 03:09 pm September 12, 2017
Vulnerabilities were found in three versions of its wireless syringe infusion pumps and will issue a resolution in January 2018 with the release of a new model.
Healthcare security forum

“...with a cyberattack , who’s defending you? It’s up to you. The good news is the good guys are getting better. But the bad guys are getting worse -- and faster," said Stuart Madnick at the Healthcare Security Forum in Boston on Monday.

By Jessica Davis 11:01 am September 12, 2017
Cybercriminals are capable of shutting down governments and electrical grids, highlighting what’s to come for the healthcare industry, according to MIT professor.
slow breach detection handcuffs security

From left: Stephen Boyer, Anahi Santiago, Shirley Golen Chris Logan and Dan Costantino participating in a panel discussion at HIMSS Healthcare Security Forum in Boston on Monday.

By Jessica Davis 04:15 pm September 11, 2017
It’s still taking many healthcare organizations far too long to discover a breach -- much longer than in other sectors.
Nandini Ramani Outcome Health

Nandini Ramani, now CEO of Outcome Health, is tasked with strengthening the company’s current tech model and expanding its reach.

By Jessica Davis 10:13 am September 11, 2017
The Former VP of Engineering for Twitter opened up about her plans for her new role with the tech unicorn, which include working directly with providers, pharma, patients and payers to improve patient care.

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