Despite the drumbeat that began about a decade ago for healthcare entities to bolster their identity and access management, it is still an "incredibly weak" area for many, Lee Kim of HIMSS says. She discusses the effects of cyberattack trends and the Ukraine-Russia War on healthcare organizations.
Monongalia Health System, a West Virginia-based entity that reported a phishing breach in December, affecting nearly 399,000 individuals, this week reported a separate security incident that appears to have potentially involved ransomware. Are the incidents related?
The federal agency enforcing HIPAA is urging covered entities and business associates to sharpen their focus on protecting their organizations against cyberattacks. The agency has also laid out a list of priorities for rule-making, enforcement and other activities in 2022.
Gaps in federal regulations concerning the security and privacy of health data falling outside HIPAA's umbrella are getting filled to some extent by various state laws. But that's creating additional challenges, says privacy attorney Kirk Nahra of the law firm WilmerHale.
A Montana-based healthcare organization is notifying nearly 214,000 individuals of a hacking incident affecting patients, employees and business associates. The breach - described as a "sophisticated criminal attack" - is the second major hacking incident reported by the entity since 2019.
A Seattle, Washington-based community health center operator is facing a class action lawsuit in the aftermath of a data exfiltration incident reported last year as affecting more than 650,000 individuals. The breach also involved data allegedly found posted for sale on the Marketo data leak site.
A consolidated legal case that includes allegations of embezzlement, trade secret theft and intimidation offers an inside look at a complicated and messy alleged insider breach reported last year by a Texas-based accountable care organization.
Hefty proposed settlements have been reached in class action lawsuits involving two separate health data breaches affecting millions of individuals. The incidents were reported by a Texas-based administrative services vendor in 2021 and a Puerto Rico-based clearinghouse in 2019.
Bipartisan legislation introduced by two U.S. senators aims to kick-start the modernization of "outdated" health privacy laws by creating a commission to examine regulatory gaps, including how to address health data falling outside of HIPAA's reach.
Michael Hamilton, CISO at security firm Critical Insight, discusses health data breach trends. The bad news: The number of major breaches reported to regulators in 2021 hit a record high. The good news: The rate of breaches reported last year compared to 2020 appears to be slowing down.
Vision benefits provider EyeMed has agreed to pay $600,000 and implement a long list of data security improvements as part of a settlement with the New York attorney general's office following a 2020 email breach that affected 2.1 million individuals, including nearly 99,000 New Yorkers.
In the midst of a global pandemic, the federal breach tally shows that a record number of major health data breaches were reported in the U.S. in 2021, and the overwhelming majority of them involved hacking/IT incidents. Will those trends continue in 2022?
A family medical practice is notifying nearly 200,000 individuals that their information was compromised in a 2020 ransomware attack on cloud hosting vendor Netgain Technology, an incident that also affected several of the vendor's other clients and hundreds of thousands of their patients.
Maryland officials confirm that a December cyberattack on the state's health department, which is still disrupting some services, involved ransomware - but that no ransom was paid. Also, lawsuits have been filed against a Florida specialty pharmacy in the wake of a November cyber incident.
Healthcare and public health sector entities must heed the warnings this week by federal authorities of Russian state-sponsored cyberthreats to critical infrastructure organizations, some experts say. Why are the stakes so high?