Software bugs put nearly 100 million health records at risk of exposure

The slew of vulnerabilities – since patched – were found without the use of automated testing tools. A team of seven researchers has discovered more than 20 security vulnerabilities in OpenEMR, an open-sourceapplication used worldwide for the electronic management of the medical records of almost 100 million people. In keeping with the principles of responsible disclosure, … More Software bugs put nearly 100 million health records at risk of exposure

One in five healthcare employees willing to sell patient data, study finds

Almost one in five (18%) employees in the healthcare industry in the United States and Canada said that they would be willing to give access to confidential medical data about patients to an unauthorized outsider for financial gain, a survey for Accenture has revealed. They would expect no more than $500 to $1,000 for their login credentials … More One in five healthcare employees willing to sell patient data, study finds

Healthcare challenges: Ransomware and the Internet of Things are the tip of the iceberg

2015’s Anthem and Premera breaches made the general public more aware of the importance of security in healthcare organizations. 2016 brought fewer instances of massive healthcare breaches, but sadly this does not suggest that the problem has been solved. In fact, 2016 brought a surfeit of successful ransomware attacks in a variety of industries, and medical … More Healthcare challenges: Ransomware and the Internet of Things are the tip of the iceberg

Security in healthcare: Mobile devices

  In a time when smartphones seem ubiquitous, the pressure for businesses to allow their employees to access work resources with their personal mobile devices may be overwhelming. This presents a variety of potential problems that are especially troubling in the shadow of the Anthem data breach. What can healthcare IT and Security staff do … More Security in healthcare: Mobile devices

Healthcare businesses in the crosshairs

Medical and healthcare data breaches on the rise – 27.5% increase, medical records fetch good coin on the black market. In light of the recent Premera and Anthem breaches, a spotlight is now shining on healthcare businesses, regarding their ability to defend patients’ sensitive information. Security wonks have been warning for years that healthcare businesses are … More Healthcare businesses in the crosshairs