Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, hackers have continuously targeted credentials to gain access to enterprise networks, particularly those in healthcare, given the rise in remote care and telework. Here are a few recent examples:
Last year, there were 798 confirmed incidences of internal and external healthcare breaches according to the Verizon 2020 Data Breach Investigation Report. We read about these incidents virtually daily, and yet, instead of breach numbers reducing, the numbers continue to rise. Of those incidents, 48 percent were caused by insiders.
We recently caught up with a few iatricSystems customers, and they revealed that they discovered that some of their employees were inappropriately viewing patients’ COVID-19 test results. They credit their ability to figuring this out to their Patient Privacy solution, which alerted them of the inappropriate access to patient information.
You’ve heard the recent – and sometimes overly-used – buzzword “the new normal” when referring to how organizations are conducting work during COVID-19. Yet still, as businesses re-open, many predict there won’t be a full-shift back from working remotely, and that what is going on today will continue to be the “new normal” for a lot of us.
As an organization in the healthcare industry, you already know you’re at a higher target for threats because of the information you store and transmit. Most hospitals do their due diligence to set up security standards to protect patient information from outside threats, but then often underestimate the exponential risk of threats that can happen within the organization.
As states begin to lift some of the COVID-19 restrictions and businesses begin to reopen, healthcare organizations are still facing many of the same challenges presented at the beginning of this pandemic.
It’s that time of year to reflect on 2019. While we were doing our annual analytics check, we realized the majority of our readers were most interested in our privacy and security-related blogs. To be honest, we weren’t surprised – smart healthcare organizations always keep privacy and security top of mind. We wanted to make it easy by giving you some of our best privacy and security resources from 2019, so you can feel confident going into 2020.
We just wrapped up the month of October supporting National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and the emphasis focused on the mantras of Own IT, Secure IT, Protect IT as it relates to your personal and patient data. As a leader in Patient Privacy, we were proud to participate in National Cybersecurity Awareness month, and share many educational resources throughout the month. Each week during the month we focused on a different topic to give you tips for what hospital leaders (and in some cases, you personally) can do to improve cybersecurity protection.
As you may be aware, October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and the emphasis focuses on the mantras of Own IT, Secure IT, Protect IT. In previous weeks, we've focused on "Own IT" as it relates for Remote Access Security, "Secure IT" as it relates to multi-factor authentication, and "Protect It" as it relates to HIPAA violations. This week, I want to focus again on "Protect It" and how it relates to protecting data from scammers or hackers.
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and the emphasis focuses on the mantras of Own IT, Secure IT, Protect IT. In last week's blog, I focused on "Own IT" as it relates for Remote Access Security. This week I will focus on "Secure IT". A key to securing it (and in this case, "it" refers to Protected Health Information) is realizing that there are tools for healthcare IT available to help us live and work in a mobile society.