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Recently, I wrote about the three vectors of a healthcare cyber attack. This is the first of a three-part series examining each vector in depth. Last month, I wrote about the three vectors of a healthcare cyber attack, ironically just before Anthem Blue Cross disclosed a massive data breach. The Anthem breach happened via the first vector, “traditional attacks and malware”, as did the Premera attack, so it’s timely to unpack this particular vector a bit further. Just about every organization, regardless of the industry in... [Read More]
by RSS Ryan Witt  |  Mar 31, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
The Premera Blue Cross hack is a reminder of the treasure trove healthcare data represents to hackers. Bank account information. Physical addresses. Email addresses. Social Security numbers. Clinical information...All exposed in the latest healthcare cyberattack. This time the target was Premera Blue Cross, a Pacific Northwest health insurer, which reported Tuesday that up to 11 million patient records had been breached. According to Premera, the breach was discovered on January 29th, the same day that Anthem Blue Cross uncovered a breach... [Read More]
by RSS Ryan Witt  |  Mar 18, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
Love it or hate it, the Apple Watch, introduced last fall and fully unveiled at a press event yesterday, signals the mainstreaming of wearables specifically, but, more importantly, the Internet of Things (IoT) in general. It wasn’t just the Apple Watch that the company announced yesterday, either. They also announced ResearchKit, an open source framework for collecting data that leverages the ubiquity of iOS to collect medical research data at scale. This all comes after last week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona where connected... [Read More]
by RSS Jonas Tichenor  |  Mar 10, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
Hours before we learned about what may become the largest healthcare-related data breach in history, I posted a blog on vulnerabilities in our healthcare systems. On Wednesday, the second largest health insurance company in the United States announced that it had been the victim of a massive cyberattack, with as many as 80 million customer records compromised. Earlier that morning, I posted a blog that feels eerily prescient, even for someone who has worked in health IT for enough years to know we were headed for trouble. As I explained in “3... [Read More]
by RSS Ryan Witt  |  Feb 05, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
Our healthcare systems, from EHR to medical devices, are more vulnerable than many of us realize. And the stakes are too high to ignore. Even within the healthcare industry, few people realize just how vulnerable many of our systems are to cyberattack. We talk about protected health information (PHI) and HIPAA compliance, we worry about penalties under new Omnibus rules and the HITECH Act, but few organizations see themselves as targets for the sophisticated attacks that have wreaked havoc for the likes of Home Depot and Sony. We’re just... [Read More]
by RSS Ryan Witt  |  Feb 04, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
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by RSS Michael Perna  |  Oct 24, 2014  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
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by RSS Michael Perna  |  Aug 23, 2014  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
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by RSS Michael Perna  |  Jan 25, 2014  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News