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National Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Cybersecurity Roundup

October 17, 2018

Joseph T.D. Tran, Attorney at Law


National Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Cybersecurity Roundup

News about cybersecurity threats fills our inboxes daily, and the information can be difficult to process. As cybersecurity threats and regulations continue to increase, healthcare providers and organizations must remain vigilant to prevent a security incident.

Consider just a fraction of what technology healthcare organizations might use in a single day that are common ground for cybersecurity threats:

  • Remote access systems like public Wi-Fi routers, printers or fax machines
  • Medical devices to aid physicians or to be used by patients
  • Electronic medical record systems to log patient data
  • Mobile devices and computers to access critical files

Organizations should take a holistic approach to remain cyber aware and combat future threats. In honor of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we’ve curated some important insights your practice should know about cybersecurity regulations and risks. 

1. Federal Regulations and Guidance

The Cybersecurity Act of 2015 establishes a voluntary framework for sharing cybersecurity threat information among all levels of government and private entities. HIPAA and other federal regulations have long regulated the security and privacy of patient information — the crown jewels for cyber attackers. These regulations can get muddy, so LAMMICO has previously published some of the important aspects to remember.

‚Äč2. Medical Device Security and Encryption

One of the biggest health technology hazards predicted in the future is cyberattacks on medical devices. Speed and efficiency in following your medical device policy and recalls management process will be crucial to limiting breaches and fixing medical device security problems (or patching). To highlight this threat, one report estimates that of the estimated 10,000 connected medical devices per healthcare organization, a third are unpatchable. 

3. Cyber Extortion, Ransomware and Breach Notification

Cybersecurity breaches due to cyber extortion or ransomware occur frequently. Be alert and understand the potential vulnerabilities to help your organization avoid a cybersecurity event or respond to one effectively. 

4. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

When there’s a cybersecurity problem, HIPAA can be an added stress. Consider how the following could affect your organization.

5. Other Resources

The best way to protect your organization is to remain vigilant. Here are some other resources that may help.

Cyber Liability Coverage from LAMMICO

LAMMICO includes $10,000 of Medefense™ Plus/Cyber Liability coverage in most provider policies at no additional charge to the insured. We also offer the option to purchase higher limits of protection through our subsidiary agency, Elatas Risk Partners. Please contact Carly Thames, Customer Relations Specialist, at cthames@lammico.com or 225.906.2062 for information on purchasing higher limits of Cyber Liability insurance.

For more information about minimizing cybersecurity threats, please contact the LAMMICO Risk Management and Patient Safety Department at 504.841.5211.

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