Employee error has long been acknowledged to be one of the main causes of healthcare security breaches. Still, a recent report by Kaspersky revealed that approximately one in four healthcare employees, ranging from doctors to admin staff, have never received cybersecurity training. Moreover, 11% of those that did receive training said that it only happened once during the on-boarding process.
The Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA) recently published a cybersecurity and risk management guidance for medical devices in an attempt to direct healthcare providers on how to deal with device related issues. It acts as a voluntary guide and outlines security features that have been integrated into medical devices. The standard, called the Manufacturer Disclosure Statement for Medical Device Security (MDS2), was developed by and with industry stakeholders in mind.
Like 3G and 4G before it, the introduction of 5th Generation Networks (5G) has been advertised as the next best thing. And while 5G may be considered much more user friendly than any of its predecessors, how well cybersecurity will fare after the introduction of the new network is still unknown. One must remember that the features that make 5G so convenient to use are the very things that also make it a security threat. Add the personal health information of millions, if not billions, of patients into the mix and the healthcare sector now has some big decisions to make.
The following are things that healthcare security professions will need to effectively address as a result of the inevitable introduction of 5G technology:
In recent years, there has been a surge in the number of health apps being developed and there is no indication that this will slow down anytime soon. Moreover, with the spread of HIPAA compliant home speaker devices like Alexa, it has become extremely important to understand when apps are subjected to HIPAA compliance.
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The use of online health records has risen by 24 percent. A study conducted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has revealed many informative and significant results related to the personal use of online medical records. Below is a summary of the most significant three:
The Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) is an internationally accepted set of ITSM best practices. Businesses of different sizes and across all industries can implement ITIL to better their software management methods in a way that aligns with their core objectives. These practices educate organizations on how to use and manage their software to best suit their needs. Listed below are four advantages from which your business can benefit, if you apply the ITIL framework:
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In 2014, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) created a Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) that guides organizations in their journey towards developing secure computer systems. It sets a flexible foundation that all businesses can follow and sculpt to their needs. For this reason, it is extremely successful and is employed by a large number of organizations.
Recently, Verizon released the 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR), a study that aims to raise awareness on the changing data security threat landscape and provide actionable advice based on the results. The report's main focus is on classifying international threats based on types of threat actions and threat actors that are common in data breaches.
The multichannel nature of healthcare today has made it susceptible to both physical and virtual forms of attack. While cybersecurity is increasingly becoming a major concern for healthcare entities, there are many areas of weaknesses that have yet to be taken care of. They include: