Managing Technology: Medical Device Security

Managing your organization’s cybersecurity is complex. Many fail to account for medical device security, forgetting that these devices connect to the internet, making them vulnerable. Medical device security standards are essential to consider as part of your overall security strategy. Medical Device Security Standards Medical device security is imperative to safeguard protected health information (PHI) adequately. Many medical devices, such as MRI [...]

2023-04-06T13:57:52-04:00November 2nd, 2022|

HIPAA Cyber Incident Response Requirements

The HHS cybersecurity best practices serve as a guide healthcare organizations can adopt to improve their security posture. One of these best practices is security incident response.  HIPAA requires healthcare organizations to report security incidents to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). HIPAA defines a security incident as “the attempted or successful unauthorized access, use, disclosure, modification, or destruction of information or [...]

2023-04-10T11:17:42-04:00October 31st, 2022|

HIPAA Vulnerability Management: Identifying and Addressing Security Gaps

Vulnerability management is a crucial part of any cybersecurity program and is one of the Department of Health and Human Services recommended cybersecurity best practices. Specific to healthcare, HIPAA vulnerability management refers to identifying risks to patient information and implementing measures that reduce the risk. What is HIPAA Vulnerability Management? HIPAA vulnerability management identifies possible risks in an organization’s network security.  This [...]

2023-04-06T13:57:53-04:00October 28th, 2022|

Healthcare Network Security: Network Management

One of the HHS cybersecurity best practices recommends that organizations implement network management processes to improve data security. Network security in healthcare is more important than ever. Healthcare organizations are vulnerable to hacking incidents when they fail to implement network security practices. What is Network Management? Network management is the process of securing and maintaining a network by implementing security practices. Healthcare [...]

2023-04-06T13:57:54-04:00October 26th, 2022|

Cybersecurity Best Practices: Healthcare Asset Management

As part of the practice of handling protected health information (PHI) during their regular duties, healthcare providers must take precautions to safeguard sensitive information. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recommends ten practices that anyone handling PHI needs to implement, the fifth of which is healthcare asset management. What is Healthcare Asset Management?  Healthcare asset management, as HIPAA views it, [...]

2023-04-10T11:18:06-04:00October 21st, 2022|

The Hardest Healthcare Cybersecurity Vulnerability To Patch

As of September 23, 2022, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) added 225 additional vulnerabilities to its Known Exploited Vulnerability Catalog, bringing the total to 834. These are software and operating systems vulnerabilities exploited by cybercriminals in real-world attacks. Patching healthcare cybersecurity vulnerabilities upon discovery is critical to maintaining the security and integrity of any network. But one type of vulnerability [...]

2023-04-06T13:57:57-04:00October 14th, 2022|

Cybersecurity Best Practices: HIPAA Data Loss Prevention

Handling patients’ protected health information is something healthcare providers do every day. Because of its sensitive nature, extra precautions must be taken to safeguard PHI. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recommends ten practices that anyone handling PHI needs to implement, the fourth of which is HIPAA data loss prevention. What is HIPAA Data Loss Prevention?  HIPAA defines standards by [...]

2023-04-06T13:57:57-04:00October 12th, 2022|

Cybersecurity Best Practices: Endpoint Protection Systems

Because medical practices and the business associates that serve them handle protected health information (PHI) regularly, precautions must be taken to safeguard sensitive information. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recommends ten practices that all organizations handling PHI must implement. Today, we examine endpoint protection systems. What is Endpoint Protection? While it may sound technical, an endpoint is simply any [...]

2023-04-06T13:57:58-04:00October 7th, 2022|

Email Protection Systems: What Do They Mean for Your Organization

October is Cybersecurity Month, making it an excellent time to look at what you’re doing to protect the data in your care. To guide you in this process, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recommends ten practices that anyone handling ePHI needs to implement. The first recommended practice is email protection systems. What Are Email Protection Systems? Email protection systems [...]

2023-04-06T13:57:58-04:00October 5th, 2022|

October Cybersecurity Awareness Month Puts Spotlight on Data Security

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and security should be top of mind for your business. When healthcare organizations think about cybersecurity best practices, HIPAA security risk assessments and remediation plans come to mind. In addition to improving your cybersecurity posture, both risk assessments and HIPAA remediation plans are essential parts of HIPAA compliance. Healthcare Cybersecurity Best Practices The HIPAA regulation is not [...]

2023-04-06T13:57:59-04:00October 3rd, 2022|