Security in the COVID-19 Era

Focusing on privacy and security in the coronavirus new normal

As healthcare organizations do battle against COVID-19, they also must stay on vigilant defense against cybercriminals intent on taking advantage of the crisis to sow chaos and disrupt clinical processes: barraging inboxes with pandemic-themed phishing emails, perpetrating hospital-crippling ransomware attacks, taking aim at public health agencies and vaccine research facilities.

Meanwhile, there are new places to safeguard and secure – whether they're hastily-erected ad hoc field hospitals or massively scaled up telehealth deployments. And fast-expanding efforts at contact tracing present their own unique and challenging privacy implications. In other words, just as it has with everything else, the pandemic is fundamentally changing approaches to security, and these new strategies will continue to evolve with this new normal.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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More than 40% of survey respondents said they didn't trust any organization to keep their data...
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The Norwegian Institute of Public Health will delete all collected data and suspend operations to...
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Hackers are taking advantage of provider distraction to breach health systems.
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HIMSS Director of Privacy and Security Lee Kim offers insights for health systems as they defend...
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Phishing is still the number-one cause of breaches, according to the newly released BakerHostetler...
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While European governments look to digital health technology for ways to speed up their containment...
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