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Karalee Serra | 11 Oct 2013 | 0 comments

There’s a growing concern in the medical device industry: cybersecurity. The FDA has now issued new recommendations for regulation. Security researchers have published serious vulnerabilities, and patient safety is at stake. Bad publicity and potentially huge financial consequences are on the horizon. Are you ready?

Axel Wirth, Symantec's expert on medical device security, will be your guide through this 90 minute intense review covering threat landscapes and cybersecurity risks, as well as how to discover and evaluate cybersecurity protection programs in your setting, and how to develop new programs to fit your ongoing needs.

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Karalee Serra | 27 Sep 2013 | 2 comments

Learn what you can do today to protect your medical devices from attacks and malware while manufacturers start to provide devices with improved security posture. If you missed our recent webinar, click here to view the archived edition.

Karalee Serra | 27 Sep 2013 | 0 comments

mHealth security panelists wonder, can a hacked medical device kill you?
The depiction of a U.S. vice president killed by his hacked pacemaker on the Showtime series "Homeland" may be a bit too fantastic for those in the mHealth industry to take seriously, but the potential exists. Continue reading the full article >>

Karalee Serra | 10 Jul 2013 | 0 comments

Healthcare Cybersecurity Threat Worrisome but Theoretical - For Now
On June 13, the FDA released a document titled, "FDA Safety Communication: Cybersecurity for Medical Devices and Hospital Networks." Major news networks such as CNN and The Economist reported on the standard-issue release with pronounced alarm. The document outlines, in broad terms, a list of security risks that can be found in medical devices. In a related release, Homeland Security’s ICS-CERT (Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team) reported that two researchers found a hard-coded password vulnerability that might leave as many as 300 medical devices, many of which perform life-critical functions, prone to exploitation. Scary stuff, indeed. Continue reading the full article >>

Karalee Serra | 21 Jun 2013 | 0 comments

Regulations initially cause organizations to spend more funds on data breaches, but eventually those rules could save enterprises money, the Ponemon Institute's Larry Ponemon says in analyzing his latest study on breach costs. The 2013 Cost of Data Breach Study, which the institute conducted for IT security provider Symantec, pegs the average global cost of a data breach at $136 a record in 2012, up $6 from in 2011. The study estimated the breach cost per record in the United States averaged $188 in 2012, down from $194 in 2011. The study, issued earlier this month, says human errors and system problems caused about two-thirds of data breaches, and that contributed to the worldwide increase in costs.

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David Finn | 24 Dec 2012 | 0 comments

Well, if you are like me, you were hoping that maybe December would slow down a bit and you could get caught up.  I remember when it used to work like that - - not so much anymore.  So, now that Christmas Eve is upon us, I'm trying to catch up with the blog I was supposed to have done two weeks ago.  I didn't get that done because I was at the 1st HIMSS Privacy and Security Forum . . . and now that it is over.  I can talk about it.

Which brings me to the title of this blog:  “What do Catie the Lobby Dog and the HIMSS Privacy and Security Forum have in common?”  Here's a bit of a clue - - Catie is actually Catie Copley, Canine Ambassador (her title comes right from her business card) at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston. And if you haven't figured it out, yet, that is where HIMSS had its first ever Privacy and Security Forum. Anyhow, it was a great conference with a broad range of nationally-recognized...

Axel Wirth | 08 Oct 2012 | 4 comments

We can rightfully assume that everybody who uses a computer or mobile device to connect to the Internet, whether for personal or professional reasons, is aware of the impact of hackers and malware on our online experience. Even if we have not personally been hacked, we are only too aware of the defenses we have to put in place to protect our identities, our information, and our equipment. Anti-Malware software on our devices, spam filters for our email, firewalls to protect our networks, etc. We need to pay for them, maintain them, and we need them to allow us to do what we need to, or enjoy doing – interacting with social media, web surfing, communicating, shopping, studying, and more.

Yet, the U.S. government just told us there is another thing to worry about. Those of us who use implanted electronic medical devices, like pacemakers, neuro-stimulators, or insulin pumps, were just told that these devices, just like our computers or smartphones, may be at risk of being...

Sarah Muckler | 10 Sep 2012 | 0 comments

David Finn, Symantec's Healthcare IT Officer, shared this article with Symantec's Healthcare Team and I felt it was valuable to pass on.

 

Multi-Factor Authentication Gets a Boost

Advisers Endorse Requirement for HITECH Stage 3

By Marianne Kolbasuk McGee, September 7, 2012.

A federal advisory group has endorsed requiring multi-factor authentication in certain cases for Stage 3 of the HITECH Act electronic health record incentive program.

Stage 3 is slated to begin in 2015, and rules are in the early discussion stages at the Department of Health and Human Services. HHS recently issued final rules for Stage 2, which starts in 2014 (see:...

Sarah Muckler | 20 Aug 2012 | 0 comments

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire -08/15/12)- Symantec Corp. (SYMC) today announced that the Gynecological Oncology Group's Statistical and Data Center (GOG SDC), one of the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) funded cooperative cancer research groups, now has 30 times more backup capacity efficiency and combined protection across physical and virtual environments. Symantec Backup Exec 2012's new user interface lets GOG SDC easily set up and configure backups across physical and virtual machines, deduplicate the backups, and convert physical server backups to VMware or Hyper-V virtual machines for instant recovery.

Click to Tweet: Cancer research group GOG SDC modernizes #vmware backup & recovery with @Symantec's @BackupExec 2012: http://bit.ly/NvOhnT

"The newest version of Backup Exec delivers confidence in our mixed physical and virtual environment. We can restore data to either platform, and the...

Sarah Muckler | 03 Aug 2012 | 0 comments

Today's healthcare organizations face many challenges as they meet the broad range of changes and regulations that apply to healthcare stakeholders. This list includes expanding connectivity and information exchange, automating electronic medical record systems, delivering quality around-the-clock patient care, as well as securing Protected Health Information (ePHI). To meet these challenges, healthcare organizations depend on the ability to deploy agile and efficient IT infrastructure. Mission-critical applications must serve the vital and specific needs of patient care, while timely adoption of new technologies such as virtualization and cloud become more important to protecting the bottom line. With tightening IT budgets and more government mandates on Healthcare IT, many organizations face challenging and difficult choices for deploying their mission-critical applications. A completely consolidated single-vendor hardware and software stack can offer comfort for some, at the...