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|

New Website Aims to Align HHS Cybersecurity Guidance

The Department of Health and Human Services has launched a new website designed to align HHS cybersecurity guidance across the healthcare spectrum and facilitate the exchange of best practices and information. Collaboration is Key to HHS Cybersecurity Guidance Launched in December 2021, the website reflects the collaborative effort between the agency and the private sector that has emerged since the agency established [...]

2022-05-06T17:03:40-04:00January 19th, 2022|

HIPAA Compliance Helps Prevent Small Practice Cybercrime

Most security experts agree that it is no longer a question of if cybercriminals will target your practice, but when. Hacking, phishing attacks, and ransomware can effectively cripple your business and cost you resources and reputation. But the best tool to prevent small practice cybercrime can be as basic as having a truly effective HIPAA compliance strategy. Reasons to Prevent Small Practice [...]

2022-05-06T17:03:41-04:00January 18th, 2022|

Telehealth Security Concerns in Mental Health Uncovered in Patient Survey

A recent survey uncovered security gaps in over a third of telehealth appointments by mental health providers. The survey, conducted by Propeller Insights on behalf of Dr. First, asked more than 1,000 mental health patients about whether or not they used telehealth services for their sessions, and for those that did, if those sessions met HIPAA standards. The survey findings, as well as telehealth security, are discussed in [...]

2022-05-06T17:03:45-04:00December 20th, 2021|

Top 4 Healthcare Cybersecurity Challenges

There are many cybersecurity challenges that face healthcare organizations, particularly as they’ve become more of a target for hackers. This is for several reasons such as the value of protected health information, technological risks, and lack of awareness. To provide guidance, top healthcare cybersecurity challenges are discussed. Healthcare Cybersecurity Challenges Hackers target healthcare data for its value The introduction of new technology [...]

2022-05-06T17:03:49-04:00November 24th, 2021|

Cyber Threats in Healthcare and FIN12 Ransomware

Cyber threats in healthcare are constantly evolving and becoming more complex. A recent report released by Mandiant Intelligence uncovered the very real threat FIN12 ransomware poses to the healthcare sector. According to the report, 20% of FIN12 ransomware attacks target the healthcare sector. Healthcare organizations in North America in particular have cause for concern, with 85% of FIN12 ransomware attacks targeting victims in North America. [...]

2022-05-06T17:03:51-04:00November 3rd, 2021|

Healthcare Cyber Attacks on the Rise

Several major health systems have reported an onslaught of phishing, spoofing, and ransomware incidents. While these healthcare cyber attacks use different tactics, they all have the same end goal - to steal sensitive patient information.  Phishing Attack Targets UMass Memorial Health UMass Memorial Health recently informed patients that their protected health information (PHI) was potentially compromised in a healthcare cyber attack stemming [...]

2022-05-06T17:03:52-04:00October 27th, 2021|

Using the SLAM Method to Prevent HIPAA Phishing Attacks

Cybersecurity is at the top of mind for many businesses, especially during October’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The main cause for concern for healthcare organizations in particular is how to recognize phishing emails to prevent breaches. There is a simple method that healthcare organizations can use to aid in the identification of phishing emails, the SLAM method.  What Does the SLAM Acronym Stand [...]

2022-11-04T09:10:33-04:00October 22nd, 2021|

Health Data Security Compromised by Third-party Apps

A new report published by Approov uncovered major cybersecurity flaws in third-party health apps that populate patient data from electronic health record systems. Through research conducted by cybersecurity analyst Alissa Knight, it was found that the health data security of many of these apps are flawed, putting the patients that use them at risk. Report Uncovers Major Vulnerabilities The Fast Healthcare Interoperability [...]

2022-05-06T17:03:52-04:00October 20th, 2021|

7 Healthcare Cybersecurity Facts You Need to Know

Cybersecurity should be at the forefront of any business’ mind, and this is especially true when it comes to healthcare organizations. Healthcare organizations have become the primary target for hackers due to the wealth of information they hold on patients. Read the healthcare cybersecurity facts you need to know below. Healthcare Cybersecurity Facts Human error causes the majority of breaches Implementing an [...]

2022-05-06T14:38:09-04:00September 21st, 2021|