While healthcare entities and their vendors apparently are improving their encryption practices for computing and storage devices, regulators are also urging organizations to avoid overlooking the importance of physically securing and tracking these devices to help safeguard PHI.
A recent incident involving a chronic care management company spotlights how paying a ransom to recover decryption keys from ransomware attackers can put sensitive data at additional risk. Security experts offer insights on how to prepare for the many challenges posed by attacks.
Artificial intelligence and machine learning will have a significant impact on lowering the cost of securing an organization because it will reduce the need for advanced skillsets, predicts Rapid7's Richard Moseley.
Documents containing information on more than 300,000 patients were recently discovered on the former campus of a Missouri hospital that's being prepared for demolition four years after the hospital moved to new facilities. The incident illustrates the need to track all paper records that contain PHI.
About three dozen major health data breaches have been added to the federal tally in recent weeks, including a mix of hacking and unauthorized access/disclosure incidents. Here's an analysis of the latest statistics and the reasons behind the trends.
Adequately tracking the nonstop arrival and departure of officials in the Trump White House might require real-time, multidimensional flowcharts. But one thing is clear: The White House is facing a looming cybersecurity knowledge and expertise deficit, and that deficit may soon get worse.
The New Jersey state attorney general has smacked a medical practice with a $418,000 penalty for a 2016 HIPAA breach involving a vendor's misconfigured server. The case is the latest example of the risks posed by vendors.
Should federal regulators provide physicians with a free pass from having to conduct a HIPAA risk analysis or face a random HIPAA compliance audit if they implement a cybersecurity framework? That's what the AMA is proposing. Security experts weigh in with reactions.
Organizations need to carefully assess - and then verify - the data security controls their existing - and prospective - vendors have implemented, says privacy and security expert Rebecca Herold, who offers a range of vendor management tips in an in-depth interview.