Why is IoT Security So Critical to Healthcare?

Why is IoT Security So Critical to Healthcare?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is composed of countless online connections. And while these connected IoT devices promise so many exciting benefits, the “brave new world” of IoT can also result in new vulnerabilities for cyberattackers to compromise an organization’s infrastructure. And nowhere are these security concerns more critical than in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries.

At first glance, this might seem like a no-brainer. In today’s day and age, you would think every healthcare organization would have some sort of security infrastructure in place for their IoT solutions. But even though most have strong IT security measures in place when it comes to information systems, traditional cybersecurity doesn’t always “walk the walk” when it comes to the IoT.

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Forrester Predicts Breaches as Big as Anthem Will Become Commonplace in 2017

Forrester Predicts Breaches as Big as Anthem Will Become Commonplace in 2017

Healthcare breaches will become as large and common as retail breaches, and the 2015 breach of Anthem that affected as many as 80 million patients will become commonplace in the future, predicts Forrester Research.

That is one of five predictions in its “Predictions 2017: Cybersecurity Risks Intensify,” which includes warnings about President Trump facing a cyber-crisis, the talent gap in cybersecurity, a Fortune 1000 company failing because of a cyber-breach, and a major Internet of Things devices security crisis.

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Top 10 Cybersecurity Must-Haves for 2017

Top 10 Cybersecurity Must-Haves for 2017

The healthcare industry was riddled with cybersecurity issues in 2016 as ransomware, human error, IoT flaws and hacking attempts were some of the biggest problem areas.

The good news is that it appears the industry is taking notice and attempting to secure its vulnerabilities. The bad news? There is still a long way to go to protect valuable patient data and keep it out of cybercriminals’ hands.

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Majority of IT Security Teams Experiencing ‘Threat Overload,’ Neglect to Share Security Data

Seventy percent of security industry professionals believe threat intelligence is too complex or voluminous to provide actionable insights, according to Ponemon Institute’s Threat Intelligence report released today.

Security teams within an organization are unprepared to deliver on threat intelligence: only 46 percent of respondents use threat data to determine how to handle malicious activity. And 73 percent admitted they don’t effectively use threat data to pinpoint cyber threats.

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HHS Gives $87 Million to Boost Health Center IT

More than 1,300 health centers across the U.S. and its territories will be given $87 million for information technology enhancements, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced Sept. 15.

The funding is earmarked as part of the Affordable Care Act’s Community Health Center Fund, which was recently extended with bipartisan support as part of MACRA. It’s the first significant investment since 2009 directly awarded to health centers to support the purchase of information technology.

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