How to Improve Cybersecurity in Healthcare

Cloud computing has dramatically transformed how companies do business within the past decade. Organizations love the increased convenience and productivity possible with cloud computing, but security considerations have been overlooked or neglected. Based on surveys and focus groups, employees have noticed it. Given the consequences of security failures within the industry, employees and stakeholders have the right to ask, how to improve [...]

2022-08-09T16:31:50-04:00August 10th, 2022|

Buyers Beware: Fraudulent Cisco Hardware Puts Spotlight on Procurement and Compliance

Procurement compliance and security are often put on the back burner when companies try to save money. They see the same devices they could buy from a reputable source for a much lower price on an eCommerce site. So they buy the cheaper version without a second thought. But as the old saying goes, “you get what you pay for.” A recent [...]

2022-08-05T14:14:06-04:00August 3rd, 2022|

Cyber Risks in Healthcare: How to Explain Them to Your Healthcare Clients

You know what the risks are, but how do you explain them to your healthcare clients in a way that they’ll understand? Most people are not very tech-savvy, and they definitely don’t know the lingo. That makes your job part translator, part advisor, and part evangelist. There’s an art to communicating cyber risks in healthcare to your clients. You don’t want to [...]

2022-07-29T09:17:59-04:00July 27th, 2022|

OCR to Answer Questions in HIPAA Recognized Security Practices Video

In January of 2021, an amendment to the HITECH Act, known as HR 7898, was signed into law. The law has several nicknames, including the Cybersecurity Best Practices Bill, the HIPAA Security Rule Safe Harbor Law, and the HIPAA Security Rule Recognized Security Practices bill. While the bill has several nicknames, it does not yet have any specific enforcement rules. Under the [...]

2022-06-24T16:31:59-04:00June 20th, 2022|

Consolidated Appropriations Act 2022 – What’s In It?

In March of 2022, President Biden signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2022. The Consolidated Appropriations Act 2022 wears many hats. The law reauthorizes the Anti-Violence Against Women Act, increases defense spending, provides aid to Ukraine, and funds the White House internship program, allowing interns to be paid for the first time. One of the less big-ticket - but by no [...]

2022-05-31T08:23:19-04:00May 18th, 2022|

HHS Warns of Increases in Insider Data Breaches

In April of 2022, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)’ Office of Information Security issued a 27-page publication, entitled “Insider Threats in Healthcare.” The publication covers a significant trend in cybersecurity: More and more, healthcare organization data breaches are being caused by internal (employee) action as opposed to actions from outside third parties. HHS defines an “Insider threat in the [...]

2022-05-06T17:03:27-04:00April 27th, 2022|

HHS Seeks Public Input on How to Implement Cybersecurity Best Practices Bill

In January of 2021, HR 7898, nicknamed the Cybersecurity Best Practices bill, was signed into law. Under this law, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) must consider whether an entity used recognized cybersecurity best practices in the year preceding a violation when deciding whether to penalize the organization.  In April of 2022, OCR issued a [...]

2022-05-06T17:03:29-04:00April 7th, 2022|

OCR Cybersecurity Newsletter Offers Guidance Against Common Cyberattacks

Each quarter the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights issues a cybersecurity newsletter. The newsletter highlights cybersecurity trends affecting the healthcare industry. As the March 2022 OCR Cybersecurity Newsletter notes, the number of hacking and IT incidents affecting electronic protected health information (ePHI) has shot up, and rather quickly at that. In fact, there has been a 45% increase in the number [...]

2022-05-06T17:03:31-04:00March 25th, 2022|