In many healthcare entities, the amount of data that is being generated and retained continues to grow - and that mounting trove of legacy data is often never disposed, expanding the surface for cyberattacks and other compromises, says Matthew Bernstein of consulting firm Bernstein Data.
Two business associates are at the center of recently reported health data breaches affecting a total of more than 3 million individuals and counting, spotlighting again the security and privacy risks posed by vendors to healthcare entities and their patients' information.
Several major email breaches reported by healthcare entities in recent days and weeks have affected the health data of nearly 300,000 individuals. Experts say the incidents highlight the ongoing challenges many organization face involving phishing attacks and similar email compromises.
While ransomware, third-party risk, phishing scams and insiders continue as the top threats facing healthcare and public health entities, the sector overall is becoming better prepared to deal with these issues than it was just a few years ago, says Denise Anderson, president and CEO of H-ISAC.
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A hacking incident involving data theft from a prominent provider of medical imaging services in Massachusetts has affected 2 million individuals, making it the largest health data breach reported to federal regulators so far this year. The company says the data was stolen in March.
Novartis says no sensitive information was compromised in an alleged attack involving the drugmaker's data showing up for sale on the dark web. The incident comes as new reports warn of a surge in cyberattacks on healthcare sector entities and the return of Emotet malware.
Federal authorities have issued advisories about security vulnerabilities identified in several medical device products, including various Illumina Inc. genetic testing and sequencing devices and certain medication dispensing systems and microbiology software products from Becton, Dickinson & Co.
The healthcare sector is still behind many other critical infrastructure sectors in implementing critically important security technologies to protect against the rise in potentially devastating cyber incidents, says threat intelligence analyst Christiaan Beek of security firm Trellix.
A new initiative aims to create a standards-based nationwide patient credential and matching ecosystem to ultimately improve matching patients with their electronic health information, says Scott Stuewe, CEO of DirectTrust, the nonprofit, vendor-neutral organization that is leading the effort.
In its most recent assault against a healthcare entity, ransomware-as-a-service operator AvosLocker claims to be behind an attack allegedly involving data theft from Texas-based CHRISTUS Health, which operates hundreds of healthcare facilities in the U.S., Mexico and South America.
Several eye care practices have reported health data breaches involving vendor Eye Care Leaders and its cloud-based myCare Integrity electronic medical records offering. The incident, involving the deletion of databases and systems configuration data, has affected about 100,000 or more patients.
A recent ransomware attack disclosed by a medication management systems provider is the latest reminder of persistent cybersecurity threats and risks facing healthcare supply chain and related vendors, as well as their customers. What's at stake?
In late 2021, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued guidance clarifying protections applicable to consumers’ sensitive personal data increasingly collected by digital health applications. Per the FTC statement, organizations using “health applications and connected devices” to “collect or use”...