Privacy & Security

Equifax hack
By Jessica Davis 02:43 pm September 22, 2017
Serious missteps in how Equifax is handling its breach should inform healthcare organizations on what not to do it if happens to them.
By Bill Siwicki 09:56 am September 22, 2017
There are ways to bolster this element of cybersecurity, and eliminating things like apathy, greed and, yes, pride can help avoid misuse.
inside cyberthreats go unnoticed
By Jessica Davis 03:51 pm September 21, 2017
More than half of August’s breaches were caused by hacking incidents, while one insider hack went undetected for two years, according to the latest Protenus Breach Barometer.
Hackers hate ransomware

The hackers disguised the wiper malware, Petya, as ransomware in order to distract from its real purpose -- to destroy data.

By Jessica Davis 04:27 pm September 20, 2017
While nearly half of hackers are contemplating a ban on the sale of ransomware, new attack methods like those used in WannaCry and Petya demonstrate that it isn’t going anywhere soon.
cybersecurity risks

A screen snap of a BitSight benchmarking graph. Photo via BitSight

By Bill Siwicki 12:50 pm September 20, 2017
CyberGRX and BitSight merge their tools as this type of risk is a top cybersecurity concern for healthcare organizations.
Phishing for healthcare data
By Bill Siwicki 03:20 pm September 19, 2017
On the other hand, password protection, facial recognition and access controls are the three least effective security measures, report finds.
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.
Blockchain in healthcare

Blockchain, if deployed wisely, could underpin an array of new innovations that could help reduce costs, enable efficiency, protect privacy and spur interoperability.

By Mike Miliard 10:26 am September 18, 2017
By giving patients control over their data, the technology could enable better privacy protections, more efficiency and easier information exchange.

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