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April 2017

Gov Info Security

Trump’s First 100 Days: Assessing Health Data Privacy, Security

David Holtzman discusses how the new administration has affected health privacy and security in its first 100 days.

Becker's Health IT & CIO Review

Three Steps to Achieving Document Efficiency in Healthcare

This article, written by Sean Hughes, describes steps healthcare organizations can take to improve document efficiency.

Medical Economics

10 Ways to Improve Patient Data Security

This article features industry experts describing methods to improve security, including Mac McMillan who discusses encryption.

Data Breach Today

HHS Smacks Heart Monitoring Firm with $2.5 Million Settlement

After a $2.5 million HIPAA settlement, David Holtzman comments on why the settlement occurred.

InfoRisk Today

Lack of BAA at Center of New HIPAA Settlement

David Holtzman comments on a recent HIPPA settlement that is a reminder that no healthcare provider is exempt from HIPAA compliance.

Gov Info Security

Telehealth App Lawsuit Spotlights Privacy Questions

After a class action lawsuit is filed against a telehealth software vendor, David Holtzman discusses the privacy and security implications.

Healthcare IT News

Hackers Hit 320% More Healthcare Providers in 2016 Than in 2015, Per HHS Data

This blog post covers data and information from our 2016 Breach Report.

Healthcare IT News

Phishing-as-a-Service: White Hats Help but Beware the Dark Web

John Nye discusses phishing emails and why training is crucial because employees should know what they’re up against.

Healthcare Info Security

‘Do’s and Don’ts’ for Dealing with Regulators

On this podcast, Marti Arvin discusses preparing for breach investigations and audits.

March 2017

Info Risk Today

Is Your FTP Server Waiting for a Hacker?

John Nye discusses insecure FTP servers and the risks they pose after an FBI warning that hackers are targeting them.

Healthcare Info Security

NY Deals with App Vendors Could Fuel More Privacy Actions

David Holtzman discusses state consumer protection laws and how they affect privacy rights and regulation of business associates.

Healthcare Info Security

FBI Warns Healthcare Entities of Threats to FTP Servers

After the FBI alerted healthcare organizations of a growing trend of attacks targeting FTP servers, Mac McMillan comments on how to prevent these attacks.

Data Breach Today

Texas Specialty Practice Suffers Ransomware Attack

After a specialty practice reported a large data breach due to a ransomware attack, Mac McMillan discusses data retention and de-identification.

Healthcare Informatics

Top Ten Tech Trends 2017: Blockchain’s Promise Has Healthcare Innovators Eager

Mac McMillan discusses blockchain and its potential to be transformative in healthcare, but only if people trust it.

Hitech Ansers

Security, Value-Based Care, Pop Health and AI All Key Topics at HIMSS17

Several audio interviews recorded at HIMSS17 are included in this post, including one with Mac McMillan, during which he discusses the latest trends in healthcare IT security.

Gov Info Security

Breach Tally: Hacking Incidents Still on the Rise

Mac McMillan discusses the continued trend of data breaches occurring at healthcare organizations, many due to hacking and unauthorized access/disclosure.

Healthcare Info Security

HHS’ IT ‘Strategic Plan’ Spotlights Cybersecurity, Privacy

Mac McMillan comments on HHS’ four-year IT security plan, aimed at improving security & privacy protections.

February 2017

Search Health IT

HIPAA Business Associates Can Expect More Penalties Ahead

David Holtzman’s comments are included in this article, which predicts that HIPAA penalties will continue for business associates.

Healthcare Informatics

Balancing Patient Privacy with Patient Engagement

This interview previews David Holtzman and Mercy del Rey’s HIMSS17 presentation on patient privacy and engagement.

Healthcare Informatics

Live from HIMSS17: Cybersecurity Leaders Dive Into New and Emerging Threats

This recap of the first day of HIMSS17 includes several quotes from Mac McMillan concerning industry trends such as medical device security and emerging threats.

Search Health IT

Health Data Breaches and Hacker Attacks Spiked Dramatically in 2016

This blog post highlights key statistics from our 2016 breach report, including a 320% increase in hacker attacks.

Healthcare Info Security

How Will New HHS Secretary Lead Security, Privacy Efforts?

This article includes quotes by David Holtzman, who predicts how the new HHS secretary will affect the HITECH or HIPAA Rules.

Healthcare Informatics

Will the “Good Guys” Ever Catch Up to the “Bad Guys” When It Comes to Cybercrime in Healthcare?

Mac McMillan is mentioned in this article which discusses how organizations will always be trying to catch up with the “bad guys” posing a threat to their security.

InfoRisk Today

Former Tenet Executive Indicted in $400 Million Fraud Scheme

Mac McMillan comments on a $400 million fraud scheme involving a former Tenet executive and wonders where the auditors were in order for the scheme to proceed unnoticed for so long.

Healthcare Info Security

$3.2 Million HIPAA Fine: An Analysis

David Holtzman describes several key lessons healthcare organizations should take away from a large HIPAA fine issued by HHS.

Healthcare Informatics

Live from HIMSS17: Cybersecurity Leaders Dive Into New and Emerging Threats

This recap of the first day of HIMSS17 includes several quotes from Mac McMillan concerning industry trends such as medical device security and emerging threats.

Healthcare Informatics

Live from HIMSS17: Cybersecurity Leaders Dive Into New and Emerging Threats

This recap of the first day of HIMSS17 includes several quotes from Mac McMillan concerning industry trends such as medical device security and emerging threats.

January 2017

HealthTech

Hospitals Layer Security to Battle Cyberthreats

Mac McMillan is quoted in this article about the fact that healthcare organizations must take a multi-faceted approach to protecting their valuable data.

Healthcare Informatics

Epic Tops Best in KLAS for Seventh Straight Year

This article lists winners on the 2017 Best in KLAS awards and includes mention of CynergisTek earning the number one ranking in a new Best in KLAS category, cyber security advisory services.

Health Management Technology

10 Cybersecurity Trends to Watch in 2017

This blog post by Mac McMillan reflects on 2016 and describes cybersecurity trends to look for in 2017.

Government Info Security

The Impact on HHS of Trump’s Regulatory Reduction Order

David Holtzman comments on how a recent executive order that reduces the number of regulations government department or agencies can issue will impact HHS in the near future.

Healthcare Informatics

Cybersecurity Consultants Weigh In: Healthcare Organizations Shouldn’t Go It Alone

This interview with CynergisTek’s Mac McMillan and Auxilio’s Joe Flynn discusses the current cybersecurity landscape in the healthcare industry.

Healthcare Info Security

W-2 Phishing Scams: Mitigating the Risks

In light of W-2 tax form breaches at healthcare organizations, this article describes how organizations can prevent these events from happening and includes commentary from Mac McMillan.

HealthITSecurity

Preparing for the 2017 Healthcare Cybersecurity Threats

Mac McMillan’s blog post advises healthcare executives on how they should prepare for cybersecurity threats in 2017.

Search HealthIT

Learn How to Detect Cyberattacks and Prevent Them

In this article, Mac McMillan offers tips on how to detect and prevent cyberattacks, including the types of technologies organizations should be using.

InfoRisk Today

Insider Threat: Paramedic Indicted for Narcotics Theft

According to David Holtzman, a recent narcotics theft case should be a wake-up call for organizations handling PHI to the insider threat.

Search HealthIT

HIMSS 2017 Health IT Topics to Include Cybersecurity, Value-Based Care

Int this podcast, reporters Kristen Lee and Shaun Sutner describe their plans for HIMSS17, including plans to interview Mac McMillan.

Information Management

Security Vendors Combine As Auxilio Buys CynergisTek

This article details Auxilio’s acquisition of CynergisTek and how it allows the companies to continue growth in the healthcare IT industry.

Government Info Security

HHS OIG: Medicare Contractors Struggle with Security Gaps

After an HHS OIG review of Medicare contractors found gaps in their information security programs, Mac McMillan comments that these gaps leave networks vulnerable to hackers and that the findings are reflective of the problems he has seen across the healthcare industry.

HealthData Management

How New Security Threats Will Buffet Healthcare in 2017

Mac McMillan and other industry experts discuss what 2017 will bring for healthcare IT security.

Healthcare Informatics

Selling Cybersecurity in the Age of Ransomware

In light of the growing ransomware threat in healthcare, organizations are investing more in technologies and solutions to protect from these threats.

Healthline

How Vulnerable Are Personal Medical Devices to Hackers?

John Nye’s comments regarding wearable devices are included in this article that examines medical device cybersecurity.

Healthcare IT News

A Guide to Patient Engagement at HIMSS17

David Holtzman’s HIMSS17 presentation on balancing patient privacy and patient engagement is previewed in this article.

Healthcare IT News

Top 10 Cybersecurity Must-Haves for 2017

Mac McMillan is one of four security experts who provide advice on the essential aspects of cybersecurity organizations should focus on in 2017.

Healthcare Informatics

Lessons Learned from 2016: It’s Time to Address Internal Security Threats to Health Data

Mac McMillan addresses the growing insider threat for healthcare organizations and discusses proactive ways to protect valuable data from insider data breaches.

Healthcare Informatics

Time for Enlightened Leadership on IT Security in 2017

Mac McMillan’s blog post calls for healthcare leadership to make security a priority in 2017.

Government Info Security

Doctor Won’t Be Fined in HIPAA Case Involving Campaign

David Holtzman comments on an incident involving the use of patient information in a political campaign and cautions healthcare organizations to examine their mail and email communications with patients.

Data Breach Today

Analysis: 2016 Health Data Breaches, and What’s Ahead

Mac McMillan weighs in on new analysis of the Anthem data breach and reiterates the value of two-factor authentication.

InfoRisk Today

$475,000 HIPAA Penalty for Tardy Breach Notification

After Presence Health receives a penalty for lack of timely breach notifications, David Holtzman describes steps covered entities and BAs should take to better respond to a data breach.

Healthcare IT News

10 Biggest Weaknesses and Lessons Learned from Cybersecurity in 2016

Industry experts, including Mac McMillan, were asked to described the top healthcare cybersecurity takeaways and lessons learned from 2016.

Healthcare Info Security

Database Hijackings: Who’s Next?

In light of MongoDB database hacks, Mac McMillan discusses how to mitigate this risk for healthcare organization.

Data Breach Today

Analysis: 2016 Health Data Breaches, and What’s Ahead

In this article, Mac McMillan looks back at the healthcare data breaches that occurred in 2016 and predicts what 2017 will bring.

Healthcare Info Security

A 2017 Forecast for HIPAA Enforcement

David Holtzman describes his predictions for OCR’s 2017 HIPAA enforcement in this blog post.