Healthcare IT

Healthcare fraud is a booming business, especially considering over 80% of healthcare providers have been the unlucky victims of a cyber attack within the last year. KPMG's "Healthcare and Cyber Security: Increasing Threats Require Increased Capabilities" sheds some light on the healthcare industry's current cyber security actions, or lack thereof, and how they...

IoT-connected devices are in the news for all the wrong reasons lately - and this particular one is a doozy. "Medjacking" isn't a term often found in the day-to-day lexicon but it should be, especially since it could become a matter of life or death. Potentially affecting devices like pacemakers and...

Banner Health is the latest in a string of healthcare organizations to feel the wrath of a cyber attack. A recent data breach put close to 3.7 million records at risk due to vulnerabilities exploited and ultimately discovered by experts over the course of this summer. Is this just another...

Hacked hospital equipment: the immediate assumption is that it's a reference to the computers that store medical data, and not the machines controlling the amount of anesthesia given to a patient. In this increasingly interconnected world, where remote surgeries are fairly commonplace, the latter option is becoming more and more of a...

Ransomware, a newer type of cyber attack, is becoming increasingly popular. A virus that infects a computer or computer system and then locks all the files and programs, hackers using ransomware are typically the only ones with the "key", or code, that can unlock the victim's data. Unfortunately, that key normally comes...

There has been some debate recently about what to do if you are attacked with ransomware. Ransomware is a form of cyber attack that loads malware into computer systems that encrypts the files. The only way to break the encryption is with a “key”. The only way the key can...

A recent report by KPMG surveyed 223 senior IT and security executives from different healthcare organizations and institutions and found that 81% of those questioned - all of which claimed more than $500M in annual revenues - experienced a security breach in the last two years. In other words, four out of every five people surveyed...

Sadly, it wouldn’t be a complete week in the cyber world without news of another cyber attack or security breach. This time the victim was 10 million people insured by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. The major insurance carrier said this week they were made aware of a cyber attack that apparently occurred...

A new medical coding system is mandated for October 1, 2015. New medical record requirements already have healthcare IT departments scrambling to update systems and procedures. Now, with the new coding system set to replace the old one, IT departments have even more in their plate. At the surface, a new...

It’s no secret that a breach or outage can be a huge problem for any entity. For retailers it often means lost revenues, unhappy customers, and a dent in the brand reputation. For e-Commerce companies it could result in fines, lost revenues, or the end of the brand altogether. However,...