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Q: Why are conventional firewalls no longer enough? A: They never were to begin with. We caught up with Don Kopanoff at HIMSS 2016 to talk about the current state of security – and for him, it’s all about the rising complexity of threats. Last year, for example, upwards of 90 percent of identified viruses were unknown to the firewalls they infiltrated – meaning that if a firewall’s definitions aren’t aggressively updated, each passing day presents a new vulnerability. The increasing reliance on distributed... [Read More]
by RSS Susan Biddle  |  May 20, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Guest post by Brian Yeaman, Yeaman + Associates 2016 will be a lot like 2015 – a steadily escalating number of data breaches across healthcare requiring new solutions. We’re seeing now that many of the good things about medical-record portability – improved care, better patient relationships, efficiency – still create additional risks and the potential for breaches. One element in particular deserves mention, and that’s the continued focus on BYOD functionality. As users demand more device autonomy, IT teams are... [Read More]
by RSS Susan Biddle  |  May 06, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Twenty billion new connected devices in the coming year. The Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) is growing massively. And so are the threats. Roger Bailey Healthcare Solutions Architect at Fortinet spoke with us at HIMSS 2016 about the emerging “Internet of Threats” – the exponentially expanding range of options for would-be hackers to infiltrate device-laden healthcare organizations. Among the most notable risk factors, he says, are “headless” devices – medical tools located on the network that can become... [Read More]
by RSS Susan Biddle  |  Apr 28, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
When it comes to cyber security, the healthcare industry is vulnerable. Providers face substantial regulation around privacy and data security. And hackers have much to gain; recent stats put the black market value of healthcare records at 10 times that of credit card information. Consider these sobering statistics from the Identity Theft Resource Center: 35.5% of the data breaches reported in 2015 were in the Health/Medical sector. More than 110 million patient records [were] exposed in 2015. Potential vectors for a healthcare cyber attack... [Read More]
by RSS Susan Biddle  |  Apr 18, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
You could call healthcare security breaches a rising epidemic.  According to Christopher Moynier, Healthcare Systems Engineer for Fortinet, it could “become a life or death situation.” Healthcare organizations today are uniquely vulnerable to insidious security threats. This is due in part to the extremely high value of their data, but it’s also because healthcare has lagged behind in security. For years, healthcare IT administrators have been pushed to adapt to new regulatory schemes and provide new functionality for providers... [Read More]
by RSS Susan Biddle  |  Apr 11, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
When it comes to security, healthcare is in the middle of a perfect storm. On the one hand, access to data distributed across devices and locations is paramount – diverse providers and connected organizations need that data to flow freely in order to do their jobs. While on the other hand, securing sensitive patient records has never been more important or difficult, since electronic protected health information (ePHI) is extremely valuable to hackers and scammers – 10 times more valuable than credit card data, in fact. The solution... [Read More]
by RSS Susan Biddle  |  Apr 04, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
A recently released executive level report by Fortinet included a brief overview of key findings resulting from Fortinet’s Cyber Threat Assessment Program (CTAP) running across a multitude of organizations nationwide for a period of four months.  The findings showed that the landscape of cyber threats were in constant motion and evolving quickly.  The rapid development of new malware, the exposure of software flaws, the onslaught of organized cybercrime, and the rising value of data are all contributing factors to the challenges... [Read More]
by RSS Ryan Edwards  |  Mar 29, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
“Houston, we have a problem.” This is not news to healthcare organizations, whether they are in Houston, Boston, St. Louis or San Francisco. 2015 was a banner year in healthcare, for all the wrong reasons. The increasing number of attacks on healthcare systems exposed security shortcomings: many unsecured attack vectors, compromised sensitive data and the possibility of catastrophic consequences. 2016 will bring more of the same. Healthcare organizations must speed up their security efforts to avoid putting their patients, and themselves,... [Read More]
by RSS Ryan Witt  |  Mar 10, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Healthcare organizations have taken more than their fair share of security hits lately. The  bad news continued this week with yet another data breach announcement for Medical Informatics Engineering, an Indiana-based healthcare software company, and an FDA warning to stop using Hospira’s Symbiq medication infusion pump. The data breach involved 3.9 million people, exposing names, addresses, Social Security numbers, and other protected health information. The company reported the breach late last month but news of the nearly 3-week... [Read More]
by RSS Chris Dawson  |  Aug 04, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
What’s the first rule of IT in healthcare? According to Frank Nydam, Senior Director of Healthcare Solutions for VMware, it’s “Don’t get in the caregiver’s way.” Unfortunately, this is often easier said than done, as the industry quickly moves to a more digital and for the time being increasingly complex health information system. Add to this the obvious concerns about security and regulatory compliance and it’s clear that creating systems that are transparent to the caregiver, highly efficient from... [Read More]
by RSS Ryan Witt  |  Jun 03, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends