Cyberattacks. It’s rare to turn on the news without hearing about a major organization that has become the victim of an online assault. Unfortunately, much more cybercrime is taking place under the media’s radar, and large corporations and national governments aren’t the only targets. Local governments, small business and healthcare organizations are prime targets for attackers.
As sensitive data breaches become increasingly commonplace, many individuals are seeking to hold breached organizations responsible for the violation of their privacy. As a result, class- action lawsuits have emerged as a popular trend in the world of data breach litigation. With the rapid increase in this type of legal action, healthcare organizations must take measures to prevent data breaches. The first step to prevention is understanding why class-action lawsuits are on the rise as a response to data breaches.
Medical device cybersecurity has become significantly more important in the age of digital health. There are essential actions health systems must take to protect themselves – and their patients. This blog offers 5 guidelines to evaluate and maintain your medical device cybersecurity.
Business associate assessments are notoriously burdensome and time consuming for both covered entity and the business associate (BA). But the typical 300-question survey can be significantly narrowed by focusing on the most critical and problematic issues.
Healthcare organizations and their third party vendors have an obligation to the federal government and their patients to abide by the HIPAA regulations. Unfortunately the very foundation of social media opposes everything in relation to the privacy, security, and confidentiality of information. Social media allows for anyone to see your organizations information, at any time, in any part of the world.
We are starting to see Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) reporting outside of Information Technology (IT). This makes sense because the CISO needs to be able to audit the IT controls and give an unbiased report to senior management.
We read about healthcare organizations that get fined by the OCR for basically doing nothing, meaning that they have a general lack of evidence of due diligence for HIPAA.
Reviewing some of the largest fines can help healthcare organizations learn how to avoid them should an incident occur. Many experts say that it isn’t IF an incident will occur, it’s WHEN.
Adding a cybersecurity tactical simulation test to an overall information security risk assessment is a must in today’s world. It is a sure bet that attacks and breaches will continue to occur and so the need for functional assessments, mitigation, awareness and response are key to protecting your organizations confidential information.
Imagine trying to come up with the top ten things our planet should do to decrease vulnerabilities and threats. Looking at earth from 30,000 feet can make that seem easier to do. But if we zoom in to the details we could probably come up with hundreds of things to consider. The same is true with health information privacy and security. To come up with what we consider to be the top ten things to do to pass an Office for Civil Rights (OCR) audits and reduce risk of unauthorized access to your protected health information (PHI), we had to zoom out and look at what we have observed over the past several years from a very high level. Our top ten things to do are not listed in any particular order. Keep in mind that our top ten today will most likely change very soon and at least year to year. Here they are: