healthcare cybersecurity vulnerabilities

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 is notoriously hard to permanently correct.

HIPAA and Healthcare Cybersecurity Vulnerability

All Federal Civilian Executive Branch agencies must scan for and patch or mitigate vulnerabilities within two weeks of being added to the catalog. Sometimes the flaws listed have been addressed by previous patches or affect products that have passed their end-of-life. 

The list of operating systems and systems affected by vulnerabilities reads like a list of the most prominent technology names in the world, proving that no company is immune from software flaws. 

The HIPAA Security Rule addresses patching vulnerabilities like these and others as part of an effective plan for healthcare organizations and vendors to achieve HIPAA compliance.

Failure to patch known vulnerabilities can lead to the unauthorized exposure of patients’ protected health information (PHI). It also violates HIPAA regulations. 

Make Sure You’re HIPAA Compliant

HIPAA and cybersecurity go hand-in-hand. Protect your business, become compliant today!