November 1, 2016

More Than Credit Card Fraud: Why Criminal Insiders Commit Health Data Breaches

In our last “Patients at Risk" post, we discussed how insiders can pose a threat to electronic protected health information (ePHI) through health data breaches and explored why hospital leaders identify this group as the top threat to patient privacy. Within this category of insider threats, motivations for snooping can be divided into two main categories: malicious motivation involving criminal activity and innocent motivation involving curious employees with insufficient training on what inappropriate access to the EHR is.  

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October 18, 2016

Illuminating a Black Box in Healthcare: Translating HIPAA Auditing Requirements, Access Logs, and System Logs

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule, went into effect on February 20, 2003. The Rule, as we all know, is about protecting patient privacy and preventing medical data breaches. It lays out the minimum standards a healthcare organization must meet in order to guard the electronic protected health information (ePHI) of their patients.

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October 13, 2016

Olympians Fall Victim as 2016 Continues Breakneck Health Data Breach Pace

September’s largest single incident involved a ransomware that affected 58,000 records. While the overall number of breached records is down, the second half of 2016 is shaping up to be significantly worse than the first half when it comes to patient data security. September’s breach totals include several olympic athletes after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) suffered from a hacking incident apparently at the hands of Russian cyber-espionage group, Tsar Team (APT28), also known as Fancy Bear. While this month’s patient records breached total (246,876) pales in comparison to this past summer’s total (20 million), it’s important to re-emphasize the ever-evolving threats to patient data and the misfortune that can occur when this information lands in the wrong hands.

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October 6, 2016

Protenus CEO Briefs U.S. Senate on Threats to Health Cybersecurity

The Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT), the nation’s leading cyber security think tank, hosted a briefing at the U.S. Senate Dirksen Office Building on their report published in September, “Your Life, Repackaged and Resold: The Deep Web Exploitation of Health Sector Breach Victims.”It provides an up-close view into the deep web’s healthcare data markets, where hackers illegally sell records for hefty prices.  The report outlines the logic behind the valuation of health records and predictions on the future of healthcare cyber security.  It was co-authored by James Scott and Drew Spaniel with contributions from ICIT Fellow and Protenus Co-Founder/CEO, Robert Lord.  

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October 4, 2016

Celebrate National Cyber Security Awareness Month

National Cyber Security Awareness Month is here! Started by the US Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance 13 years ago, it's a collaborative effort between government and the companies protecting patient privacy to ensure that all Americans have the necessary resources and knowledge to stay secure online. See the full calendar of events here.

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