Anthem Mega-Breach: Record $16 Million HIPAA Settlement

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights says Anthem agreed to take “substantial corrective action” to settle potential HIPAA privacy and security rules violations after a series of cyberattacks led to the largest U.S. health data breach, exposing electronic protected health information.”The largest health data breach in U.S. history fully merits

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Want to think like a cybercriminal?

A new KPMG study reveals that a good number of businesses worldwide, including healthcare organisations, are “unprepared” to deal with a cybersecurity emergency. While the majority of these businesses (94 percent) are aware that they are actively being eyed by cybercriminals, only 22 percent said they are fully prepared to combat cybersecurity breaches.The study “Taking

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Aetna Hit With More Penalties for Two Breaches

After a multistate investigation, Aetna last week signed financial settlement agreements with Washington, D.C., for $175,000, Connecticut for $100,000 and New Jersey for $365,000. The amount of another new settlement with the state of Washington was undisclosed.New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewa says the states investigating the incidents alleged that Aetna not only violated HIPAA

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How to build an effective cybersecurity strategy on a tight budget

Basic building blocks of a good information security plan can be found at lower costs than many might expect. Cybersecurity is a must. As daunting as it appears with hackers positioning to storm the gates of your network, and with healthcare being among the most attacked industries, it is essential that large hospitals and small

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Debunking the cybersecurity thought that humans are the weakest link

Experts at the HIMSS Healthcare Security Forum said the next phase of infosec should be to secure the human and put safety nets in place to protect them. BOSTON The time has come to move beyond the security mantra “don’t click on email links or open attachments and we’ll all be safer.””We’ve been saying that

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Anthem pays record $16M settlement to HHS for 2015 data breach

Anthem has agreed to pay the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) $16 million for a landmark 2015 breach that impacted nearly 79 million consumers.It’s a record-setting settlement from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the HHS agency tasked with enforcing HIPAA. It’s nearly three times the agency’s previous highest settlement of $5.55 million

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Medtronic Cardiac Devices Recalled Due to Cyber Concerns

The recall involves Medtronic blocking the affected programmers from accessing the company’s network via the internet until the company issues security fixes so that the programmers cannot be exploited by unauthorized users.Some security experts are hopeful that the recall serves as another important wake-up call for more manufacturers to take action on addressing cybersecurity issues.

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