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With the current state of change and uncertainties in our world, we can assume one thing will remain the same and potentially get even get more daunting in 2017 - Cyber Risks and Cyber Threats will continue to loom over us, particularly over the healthcare industry.

Experts weigh in on short term and long term implications of the election. The transition to a Donald Trump administration likely won't have a significant immediate impact on HIPAA enforcement or other healthcare privacy and security regulatory activity - but it could over the long haul. That's the consensus of CISOs, CIOs and other privacy and security experts who offered reactions to Trump's surprise victory in the Nov. 8 election. Read>




In this opinion piece written by Steve Morgan, CEO of Cybersecurity Ventures, Morgan communicates that "healthcare is the most cyber attacked industry," and shares findings from a recent IBM report and points to new innovation solutions to stay protected in 2017. Read>


In 2017, we’ll see more intricate, complex and undetected data integrity attacks and for two main reasons: financial gain and/or political manipulation.  Read>


Enhancing medical device security requires collaboration. Sociologists call it “the diminishing returns of complexity.” It’s the point where a major innovation (like the wireless IV medication infusion pump) begins to have some drawbacks – like the possibility that these devices can be hacked in a way that can lead to life-threatening complications.  Read>


Beth Anne Killoran has agreed to lead IT and cybersecurity as the new Chief Information Officer at HHS. Read about some of the ways Ms. Killoran’s leadership will build on HHS’ work to support a “cyber-savvy workforce.” Read>


Key Takeaway: The agency will conduct both desk and on-site audits of covered entities and business associates. Why does this matter?  Read>


The U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology released a resource that will help U.S. employers more effectively identify, recruit, develop and maintain cybersecurity talent. Read>


The cybersecurity workforce shortage — which has 1 million job openings in 2016, and is projected to reach 1.5 million by 2019 — is especially acute at hospitals and healthcare providers, according to one industry expert.  Read>


The article addresses how payer and provider organizations and even some vendors are struggling to keep up with the evolving security threats in healthcare. Read>


The Medical Identity Fraud Alliance (MIFA) has collected “industry wisdom” from a variety of sources to help healthcare organizations navigate their medical identity theft and fraud prevention, detection and mitigation efforts. This is a great resource! Read>


The email targeted employees of HIPAA covered entities and their business associates and suggested that the organization might be included in OCR’s Audit and contained a link to a firm marketing its cyber security services. Read>


Clearwater Compliance Appoints New Executive Leader to Accelerate Demand for Respected Brand

Clearwater Compliance has significantly expanded its leadership team by naming Barry Mathis as SVP and Chief Business Development Officer as the company experiences record growth with the strong demand for its Cyber Risk Services (CRS) solution. Read>


Thoughts From Our Experts

OCR just announced a settlement agreement with the University of Massachusetts-Amherst for a breach of records at its Center for Language, Speech, and Hearing, which was not designated as a covered health care component in its hybridization. UMass is the third hybrid entity in the 43 enforcement actions listed on the HHS website that has been cited for lack of proper hybrid designation and insufficient risk analyses and risk management programs as a result. Read>


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