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According to the Innovation Through Inclusion: The Multicultural Cybersecurity Workforce report by (ISC)², 32 percent of minorities in the cybersecurity field have experienced some form of discrimination in the workplace.

Artificial intelligence (AI) has raised plenty of eyebrows across healthcare, including in radiology, public health and digital health. But a new 100-page report from some of the leading organizations in the development of AI points potential problems with the technology, which could include cyberattacks, drone misuse and large-scale surveillance.

The Office of the Attorney General at the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the development of the Cyber-Digital Task Force, which aims to develop strategies to fight cyberthreats and the misuse of technology.

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has announced John Riggi, who spent 30 years working for the FBI, as senior adviser for cybersecurity and risk.

Siemens and eight partners to sign a joint charter to improve cybersecurity, identifying 10 action areas where governments and business could engage in the growth of security.


Recent Headlines

2 in 3 would consider leaving provider after ransomware attack

After the WannaCry ransomware attack in mid-May, interest in cyber security across all industries has spiked. A survey conducted by Carbon Black included interviews with 5,000 people to evaluate the public’s perception of ransomware.

Top findings of what CIOs think about data security, clinical mobility

The main responsibility of chief information officers (CIOs) is to implement technology within their healthcare system to improve patient care while keeping data secure. A recent survey, conducted by CHIME and presented by Spok, analyzes exactly what hospital CIOs think about data security and clinical mobility.

Half of SharePoint users report at least one data breach

Healthcare remains relatively weak in securing information storage. A study conducted by the Ponemon Institute and Metalogix, regarding how organizations store confidential data and use file sharing environments such as SharePoint, outlined major developments in the improvement of cyber security. 

The worldwide response to last week's ransomware cyberattack

Friday afternoon brought about a massive international ransomware cyberattack. Beginning at National Health Service hospitals in the United Kingdom, the attack quickly spread to 74 countries in a matter of hours. Over the weekend, additional developments have solidified this attack as the largest the world has ever experienced.

UK NHS ransomware cyberattack spreads across the globe

A ransomware attack on the National Health Service in the United Kingdom has spread into other countries, with hospital staff in the U.K. unable to access patient data, ambulances being diverted and patients planning on visiting some departments being told to stay away. 

Texas health system to pay HHS $2.4 million for patient information breach

The Texas health system Memorial Hermann Health System (MHHS) has agreed to pay HHS $2.4 million and to implement a corrective action plan after a violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule.

Patient data remains unsafe, even at the largest hospitals

A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found 1,798 large data breaches of patient data have occurred in the past seven years. The study further showed the need for improved security measures in healthcare systems nationwide.

Top 10 patient safety concerns released by ECRI Institute

ECRI Institute has released its annual top patient safety concerns for 2017, which aims to identify potential threats to patient safety while addressing challenges and offering suggestions and resources to address them.

HIMSS 2017: Experts encourage efforts to improve cybersecurity, breach response

Cybersecurity was one of the many highlighted topics during HIMSS 2017 in Orlando, with a number of presentations focusing on industry efforts to secure patient information and still be able to share such information. Hussein Syed, chief security information officer at RWJBarnabas Health, and Ladi Adefala, MBA, senior security strategist at Fortinet, discussed how healthcare must adapt to protect patients.

HHS releases guide on reporting, monitoring cyber security

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a letter regarding cyber threats faced by healthcare organizations, including reporting and monitoring practices.