In an in-depth interview, John Halamka, M.D., the former long-time CIO at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, discusses his upcoming move to head Mayo Clinic's global digital health initiative in collaboration with Google - and why privacy and security are so critical to those efforts.
The Australian government's digital health records program manages risk and privacy relatively well, according to a new audit, but there's room for improvement in third-party risk management and emergency access to sensitive health records.
A newly disclosed collaboration between Google and the massive Ascension healthcare system that the partners say is designed to improve patient care is raising serious privacy concerns. That's because the project involves Ascension sharing with Google data on millions of its patients - without their permission.
The use of new standards can help strengthen cybersecurity risk management of medical devices at the Department of Veterans Affairs as well as other healthcare organizations, says Anura Fernando of UL, which recently completed a study with the VA examining gaps in medical device cybersecurity approaches.
Pitney Bowes says it was infected by file-encrypting malware that has affected online accounts and mailing products but that client data doesn't appear to be at risk. The postage meter maker says "all options" are being considered for recovery, meaning that it could pay a ransom.
Nation-state attackers have been targeting known flaws that customers have yet to patch in their Pulse Secure, Palo Alto and Fortinet VPN servers, Britain's National Cyber Security Center warns, adding that any organization that didn't immediately apply patches should review logs for signs of hacking.
The Food and Drug Administration has issued an alert warning healthcare organizations about 11 vulnerabilities dubbed "URGENT/11" involving IPnet, a third-party software component that may introduce risks for certain medical devices and hospital networks.
Cybercrime is surging thanks, in part, to the availability of inexpensive hacking tools and services. A recent look by security firm Armour at black market offerings finds stolen payment card data, RDP credentials, ransomware and DDoS services are widely available for sale.
Chinese advanced persistent threat groups are targeting cancer research organizations across the globe with the goal of stealing their work and using it to help the country address growing cancer rates among its population, according to researchers at cybersecurity company FireEye.
As the healthcare industry undergoes its own digital transformation, security is more important than ever. Okta's Nick Fisher says a zero trust model can keep hospitals and patients healthy when it comes to protecting their data.
DirectTrust, - known for creating and maintaining the Direct protocol and trust framework for secure email in healthcare - has kicked off a new initiative to develop industry standards for secure real-time instant messaging. What are the potential benefits?
Authentication vulnerabilities in certain GE Healthcare anesthesia devices could potentially allow remote attackers to meddle with the devices, researchers say. GE disputes some of the findings. Find out what other security experts have to say.
A cybersecurity vulnerability discovered in open source software used by organizations conducting genomic analysis could potentially have enabled hackers to affect the accuracy of patient treatment decisions. But the vulnerability was patched before hackers took advantage of it, researchers believe.
The traditional IAM strategy has been to tie individual users with a unique device. But that doesn't work in healthcare settings, where doctors and nurses often share multiple devices. Jigar Kadakia of Partners HealthCare talks about how he approaches this critical challenge.