The Case for Improving Death Certificate Data

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Unfortunately, a large portion of the death certificate data in the United States is inaccurate. These range from misidentified causes of death, to errors in medical care that weren’t reported, to coding mistakes that were made when patient data was initially gathered. Not only can these complicate legal matters on behalf of the deceased and […]

What’s Your Cybersecurity Incident Response Plan?

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As an agency that operates in the healthcare sector, you’ve probably heard how it’s no longer a matter of “if” but “when” you’ll be exposed to a cyberattack. You’ll be in the best available position to overcome one if you have an established incident response plan, detailing exactly what you intend to do the moment […]

How You Can Meet the New Requirements for CMMC 2.0

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Last November, the DoD released its updated requirements for the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification, dubbed CMMC 2.0. The reason for this update was two-fold: 1) ensuring that government contractors used the practices necessary for protecting sensitive data; and 2) balancing the financial impact of these requirements so that small businesses could afford to implement them. […]

Why Virtual Private Networks Are a Must-Have in Healthcare Cyber Defense

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Virtual private networks (VPNs) should be a key component of your cybersecurity infrastructure. Their purpose is to mask the IP addresses of the mobile devices connected to your network, effectively making the data they send and receive unreadable to anyone outside your organization. What’s more, VPNs maintain this security even when your devices are connected […]

The Long-Term Damage of a Healthcare Data Breach

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A data breach can be one of the most costly and damaging events for any healthcare agency. While its name usually conjures images of stolen files and network downtime, a single breach can have far more extensive, long-term effects. These include risks to patient health when charts are disabled, fines for HIPAA noncompliance, and a […]

Ransomware Evolves into RansomOps, and IT Burnout Is Growing

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Healthcare organizations often fall prey to ransomware when they don’t anticipate becoming targets, or they fail to test the limits of their cyber defense. But now that these attacks are becoming more sophisticated, it’s vital that your team assess weaknesses in your IT’s infrastructure before bad actors exploit them. Here’s the latest on ransomware trends […]

Don’t Sacrifice Mobile Device Security for the Sake of Efficiency

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Unfortunately, mobile devices are a big risk factor that some healthcare agencies actively ignore. HealthITSecurity reported back in 2020 that 37 percent of surveyed organizations indicated that they sacrificed mobile security for the sake of efficiency. Here’s why, and what yours can do to avoid that temptation. Healthcare Apps and the Cloud Mobile devices are […]

What Data Backup Strategies Work Best for Healthcare?

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Due to the increase in ransomware attacks across the healthcare sector, organizations must take the time now to develop and execute stronger data management strategies. That includes the consistent backup of all patient and operational files so that this information is still available internally in the event of an attack. The reason for this is […]

Password Best Practices for Healthcare Organizations

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Passwords have become such a ubiquitous component in healthcare that it may not seem relevant to include them in any updates to your cyber defense. Yet the opposite is the case, especially in light of studies that show how easy passwords are to misuse: lacking in strength against brute force attacks, being shared too readily […]