Data Breach Lawsuits on the Rise: Is Your Healthcare Organization Prepared?

Cyber attacks in the healthcare industry threaten patient care and privacy. While PHI and PII exposure is often immediate, there is also a long-term cost of cyber attacks. Healthcare organizations often face lawsuits following breaches. And these incidents are on the rise.  Lawsuits are financially costly, but they can also...

With Cyberattacks on the Rise, Nordic Consulting and Fortified Health Security Partner to Bolster Healthcare Cybersecurity Solutions

Nordic Consulting, an award-winning global health and technology consulting company, announced today an exclusive partnership with Fortified Health Security, Healthcare’s Cybersecurity Partner.® The partnership will enhance Nordic’s rapidly expanding portfolio of client solutions across key areas of strategic advisory, digital and cloud initiatives, implementation and support, and enterprise technology transformation.

Fortified Roundtable | December 16, 2021

Our roundtables are an opportunity for you to meet with your peers and discuss challenges, ideas, and solutions. Coming together helps build relationships with others in your shoes at other organizations. We feel part of raising security awareness, and maturity in healthcare is creating trusted peer relationships. I hope you...

Fortified Roundtable | November 18, 2021

Our roundtables are an opportunity for you to meet with your peers and discuss challenges, ideas, and solutions. Coming together helps build relationships with others in your shoes at other organizations. We feel part of raising security awareness, and maturity in healthcare is creating trusted peer relationships. I hope you...

Fortified Roundtable | October 14, 2021

Our roundtables are an opportunity for you to meet with your peers and discuss challenges, ideas, and solutions. Coming together helps build relationships with others in your shoes at other organizations. We feel part of raising security awareness, and maturity in healthcare is creating trusted peer relationships. I hope you...

Fortified Roundtable | September 23, 2021

Our roundtables are an opportunity for you to meet with your peers and discuss challenges, ideas, and solutions. Coming together helps build relationships with others in your shoes at other organizations. We feel part of raising security awareness, and maturity in healthcare is creating trusted peer relationships. I hope you...

Fortified Roundtable | August 26, 2021

Our roundtables are an opportunity for you to meet with your peers and discuss challenges, ideas, and solutions. Coming together helps build relationships with others in your shoes at other organizations. We feel part of raising security awareness, and maturity in healthcare is creating trusted peer relationships. I hope you...

HIMSS21 | August 9-12, 2021

Date: 8.9.21 – 8.12.21 See us in Booth #C354 The Fortified Team is excited to be attending HIMSS21 in person. If you're attending this year, we hope you'll stop by our booth in the Cybersecurity Command Center; it's #C354. Fortified is available to take meetings during the event in person...

Fortified Roundtable | July 2021

Our roundtables are an opportunity for you to meet with your peers and discuss challenges, ideas, and solutions. Coming together helps build relationships with others in your shoes at other organizations. We feel part of raising security awareness, and maturity in healthcare is creating trusted peer relationships. I hope you...

IPMI VTT – Cyber Insurance has Changed. Are You Ready? | July 16, 2021

Cyber insurance requirements have changed. As a result of new technical requirements, some healthcare organizations find themselves unprepared at renewal, oftentimes with less than 60 days to implement new mandated controls to maintain coverage. These changes are affecting healthcare organization’s cybersecurity programs, their budgets, and their board level discussions. In...

Video: Fortified Health Security Briefing on Cyber Insurance

Cyber Insurance Requirements Have Changed. Are You Prepared? The game has changed, it’s different, it’s harder, and it’s happening NOW.We want to help ensure you're involved in the process, stay informed on the cyber insurance landscape, and prepared so you don't get caught off-guard. https://vimeo.com/575059070 Discussion Focus Areas: Healthcare Cyber...

Fortified Health Security Releases 2021 Mid-Year Horizon Report

Fortified Health Security, Healthcare's Cybersecurity Partner®, today released the 2021 Mid-Year Horizon Report. The report details findings that illustrate how healthcare providers, health plans and business associates are being affected by cybersecurity threats from bad actors in the first half of 2021 and what security measures healthcare organizations should implement...

CHIME Focus Group – Cyber insurance has changed. Are you ready? | July 8, 2021

Cyber insurance requirements have changed. As a result of new technical requirements, some healthcare organizations find themselves unprepared at renewal, oftentimes with less than 60 days to implement new mandated controls to maintain coverage. These changes are affecting healthcare organization's cybersecurity programs, their budgets, and their board level discussions. In...

Fortified Roundtable | June 2021

Our roundtables are an opportunity for you to meet with your peers and discuss challenges, ideas, and solutions. Coming together helps build relationships with others in your shoes at other organizations. We feel part of raising security awareness, and maturity in healthcare is creating trusted peer relationships. I hope you...

CHIME Focus Group | June 10, 2021

Next Gen Cybersecurity Tools: Will traditional antivirus survive in healthcare? For many years, traditional antivirus protection has been one of the technical foundations of cybersecurity programs. As technology and the threat landscape continue to rapidly evolve, traditional antivirus software is not detecting, and protecting hospitals from the nuances of the...

How Cyber Insurance Fits into Your Cyber Security Posture

Cyber attacks continue to increase, and the cost of these data breaches can be significant. An IBM study found that generally the average data breach costs $3.86 million. When applied to the healthcare industry, this average cost rises to $7.13 million.  As organizations face increasing risks, now is the time...

IPMI Healthcare Institute – Virtual | June 8, 2021

Speaker Dan L. Dodson LEVERAGING METRICS TO COMMUNICATE RISK TO C-SUITE With the digitization of healthcare, cybersecurity has become a pressing topic in boardrooms among the C-suite. Whether the organization has a dedicated CISO or if it is falls under the CIO, maintaining security often conflicts with the goals of...

Fortified Roundtable | May 2021

Our roundtables are an opportunity for you to meet with your peers and discuss challenges, ideas, and solutions. Coming together helps build relationships with others in your shoes at other organizations. We feel part of raising security awareness, and maturity in healthcare is creating trusted peer relationships. I hope you...

Fortified Health Security Named “Best Overall Healthcare Cybersecurity Company” in 2021 MedTech Breakthrough

Annual Awards Program Recognizes Outstanding Health & Medical Technology Products and Companies FRANKLIN, Tenn., – May 6, 2021 – Fortified Health Security, Healthcare’s Cybersecurity Partner® (“Fortified”), today announced that it has been selected as the winner of the “Best Overall Healthcare Cybersecurity Company” award in the fifth annual MedTech Breakthrough...

Fortified Roundtable | April 2021

Our roundtables are an opportunity for you to meet with your peers and discuss challenges, ideas, and solutions. Coming together helps build relationships with others in your shoes at other organizations. We feel part of raising security awareness, and maturity in healthcare is creating trusted peer relationships. I hope you...

Fortified Roundtable | March 2021

Our roundtables are an opportunity for you to meet with your peers and discuss challenges, ideas, and solutions. Coming together helps build relationships with others in your shoes at other organizations. We feel part of raising security awareness, and maturity in healthcare is creating trusted peer relationships. I hope you...

HIPAA’s new ‘Safe Harbor’ rules promote security at healthcare firms under seige

Despite these efforts, covered-entities and business associates continue to find HIPAA to be overwhelming and extensive, to say the least. Cyberattacks against healthcare entities rose 45 percent between November 2020 and January 2021, according to Check Point . Meanwhile, the healthcare sector accounted for 79 percent of all reported data breaches during...

Fortified Roundtable | February 2021

Our roundtables are an opportunity for you to meet with your peers and discuss challenges, ideas, and solutions. Coming together helps build relationships with others in your shoes at other organizations. We feel part of raising security awareness, and maturity in healthcare is creating trusted peer relationships. I hope you...

Fortified Roundtable | January 27, 2021

Our roundtables are an opportunity for you to meet with your peers and discuss challenges, ideas, and solutions. Coming together helps build relationships with others in your shoes at other organizations. We feel part of raising security awareness, and maturity in healthcare is creating trusted peer relationships. I hope you...

IPMI VTT – Addressing Ransomware Threats | January 14, 2021

Ransomware continues to be one of the most significant cybersecurity risks for healthcare organizations. Over the last few months, attacks have been increasing while the time to proliferate throughout a network has significantly decreased. Last month the FBI, CISA, and HHS issued a joint cybersecurity advisory titled “Ransomware Activity Targeting...

COVID-19’s impact on healthcare’s security infrastructure in 2020

Fortified Health Security, Healthcare’s Cybersecurity Partner released the 2021 Horizon Report, which details findings that illustrate how, as healthcare organizations continue to respond to the pandemic, cybercriminals have continued to persist in their attacks on providers, health plans and business associates – compromising sensitive patient data while impacting the delivery of...

Fortified Health Security Releases 2021 Horizon Report

Highlights COVID-19’s impact on healthcare’s security infrastructure in 2020; predicts what’s to come for providers, payers, and patients as emergent cybersecurity threats continue to evolve FRANKLIN, Tenn. – December 16, 2020 – Fortified Health Security, Healthcare's Cybersecurity Partner®, today released the 2021 Horizon Report. The report details findings that illustrate...

Using Zoom for Telehealth Visits: How to Maintain an Acceptable Risk Profile

This post-implementation security review of a clinic using Zoom for telehealth visits includes specific technical findings and actionable recommendations for healthcare providers. “The healthcare disruption wrought by the COVID-19 outbreak is causing providers large and small to rethink care delivery – everything from registration and waiting room protocols to the...

Securing the Home Office: How Healthcare Is Adapting to Remote Work, During and After COVID-19

Fortified's CEO, Dan L. Dodson, recently spoke with Health IT Answers about cyber-attack trends and how they impact healthcare organizations. Dodson also shares insights into risks associated with remote workers. Topics of discussion:1) Email cyber-attack trends in 20202) Questions organizations should be asking about their cybersecurity programs3) What impacts COVID-19...

Evolving the Cybersecurity Landscape

At Fortified Health Security, we know that there are multiple factors that our industry must pay attention to as we look towards building robust cybersecurity programs. One of the most pressing factors is the rapid digitization of healthcare that was happening before the pandemic and is happening at a faster...

2018 Horizon Report

2018 Horizon Report The State of Cybersecurity in Healthcare Download Fortified Health Security’s just-released annual Healthcare Cybersecurity Horizon Report. This extensive report is released at a critical time as healthcare organizations prepare for 2018. The report details the urgent state of cybersecurity in healthcare, increased threats, predictions and steps that...

2017 Horizon Report

2017 Horizon Report The State of Cybersecurity in Healthcare What we cover in the latest report The Year in Review for 2016: News-making breaches and reports The Evolution of Ransomware: 2016 – The Year of Ransom Breach Data Review: OCR study results and insights Trends and Predictions for 2017: Our...

2017 Mid-Year Horizon Report

2017 Mid-Year Horizon Report The State of Cybersecurity in Healthcare What we cover in the latest report Medical Device Security best practices Breach update, including WannaCry & Petya Cybersecurity Task Force Report findings review Preventative measures recommendations Download

2018 Horizon Report

2018 Horizon Report The State of Cybersecurity in Healthcare What we cover in the latest report Breach update, including Providers, Health Plans & Business Associates FDA Medical Device Safety Plan Analysis and Recommendations Steps for Identifying & Protecting Patient Information NIST Cybersecurity Framework Reaction Download

2019 Horizon Report

2019 Horizon ReportThe State of Cybersecurity in Healthcare What we cover in the latest reportBreach update, including number of breaches caused by hackingCybersecurity personnel shortagesSteps for addressing connected medical device security challengesThe journey toward HITRUST certification explained Download

2019 Mid-Year Horizon Report

2019 Mid-Year Horizon ReportThe State of Cybersecurity in Healthcare What we cover in the latest reportLatest breach data and industry trendsPenetration testing preparationsPeer-based comparative analytics examinedImpacts of Microsoft Office 365 Download

2020 Horizon Report

2020 Horizon ReportThe State of Cybersecurity in Healthcare What we cover in the latest report Historical breach data and industry trends Cybersecurity technology consolidations Latest ransomware attacks analyzed Stark Law reform Download

2020 Mid-Year Horizon Report

2020 Mid-Year Horizon ReportThe State of Cybersecurity in Healthcare What we cover in the latest report Latest breach data and industry trends Effects of COVID-19 Work from Home (WFH) security best practices Telemedicine & associated HIPAA risks Download

2021 Horizon Report

2021 Horizon ReportThe State of Cybersecurity in Healthcare What we cover in the latest report Latest breach data and industry trends Incident Response Plans Tools Rationalization New Ways to Work The Year Data Escaped Hospital Defenses Download

The Risk of Nation-State Hackers, Government-Controlled Health Data

The COVID-19 pandemic has driven a rise in targeted, sophisticated cyberattacks designed to take advantage of an increasingly connected environment. In healthcare, it’s led to a rise in nation-state attacks, in an effort to steal valuable COVID-19 data and disrupt care operations.  Read the full article here.

Health IT Security – COVID-19 Impact on Ransomware, Threats, Healthcare Cybersecurity

COVID-19 has significantly shifted the threat landscape from attacks on individuals and small businesses to critical infrastructure, governments, and major corporations, according to Interpol. Malicious cyberattacks were behind the majority of healthcare IT security incidents, while ransomware demands soared as “big game” variants dominated the threat landscape.  Read the full article here.

Fortified Health Security Releases 2020 Mid-Year Horizon Report

Report details increased cybersecurity risk for healthcare industry amidst COVID-19 pandemic; shares actionable guidance for stakeholders FRANKLIN, Tenn. – August 3, 2020 – Fortified Health Security, the recognized leader in cybersecurity for healthcare, today released the 2020 Mid-Year Horizon Report. The report details findings that illustrate how the COVID-19 pandemic...

Fortified Health Security Announces New Addition to Executive Leadership Team

Fortified Health Security, the recognized leader in cybersecurity for healthcare, today announced the appointment of Dave Glenn as Chief Revenue Officer. A seasoned leader with over 30 years of combined experience in information technology, cybersecurity, enterprise sales and business development execution and leadership, Glenn joins Fortified Health Security’s executive leadership...

Single Sign-On vs. MFA: Do You Know The Difference?

Usernames and passwords are the foundation of user authentication, but these factors are no longer enough to prevent data exposure. As cyber threats become more complex, companies are fighting back through single sign-on and multi-factor authentication. These solutions can strengthen your cybersecurity framework without hindering user experience.  What Is Single...

Kwampirs Trojan Targets Healthcare Industry

In response to the latest attack on the healthcare industry by the cybercriminal group Orangeworm, Fortified Health Security COO William Crank penned a commentary for the Disaster Recovery Journal – the leading industry resource for business continuity professionals covering disaster recovery, crisis management, and risk management. Throughout the article, Crank discusses what...

HIPAA Changes Regarding COVID-19: What Healthcare Organizations Should Know

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) have issued a Limited Waiver of HIPAA Sanctions and Penalties. While HIPAA regulations and protected health information (PHI) protections are still in place, it’s important that healthcare facilities understand...

How to Maintain Cyber Security When Employees Work Remotely

With the spread of Covid-19 around the country, many organizations are sending employees home to work remotely. Doing so can be an essential health and safety precaution. However, remote work comes with additional cybersecurity threats. Here are some key ways that organizations can prioritize network security while employees are dispersed....

Do You Meet HIPAA’s 3 Areas of Security?

As the occurrence of cyber-attacks and data breaches continue to grow, medical providers find themselves tasked with adhering to an ever-increasing litany of HIPAA compliance requirements. Thus, strong cybersecurity program implementation and maintenance should remain a top priority for healthcare facilities of every size across the U.S. This is especially...

Benefits of Continuous HIPAA Analysis

Within the HIPAA Security Rule Administrative Safeguards, requirements include that covered entities “implement policies and procedures to prevent, detect, contain and correct security violations.” This standard requires both Risk Analysis and Risk Management which assist an organization's management in developing protections for confidentiality, integrity, and availability of ePHI within the...

Five Major Cybersecurity Threats to Your System – And How To Protect Against Them

Healthcare facilities continue to combat the threat of cyber attacks within their digital landscapes, forcing IT departments across the globe to continuously adjust their lines of defense against a network security compromise or data breach. The increasing complexity and sophistication of cybercriminal activities mean healthcare organizations must remain vigilant against...

Cybersecurity Reminder: Microsoft Server 2008/R2 & Windows 7 Support Ends January 2020

As a reminder, Microsoft Server 2008/R2 & Windows 7 is coming to an end, and so are its tech support and updates. Microsoft’s reminder announcement poses a significant cybersecurity threat to any healthcare IT infrastructure running on Microsoft Server 2008/R2 & Windows 7: “The specific end of support day for...

Healthcare Security Incident and Event Management (SIEM): An Introduction to Capabilities

As healthcare organizations continue to embrace and rely on a diverse range of technologies to both manage and treat patients, their internal IT and cybersecurity environments continue to become more complex and challenge situational awareness. This rampant surge of innovation utilization is unlikely to change over the next several years...

Designating Number of Connected Medical Devices

Connected medical devices are being used in various capacities to resolve several issues currently plaguing the healthcare industry on a global scale. Once considered peripheral resources, due to new science and innovation, medical devices and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies have now become integrated into the very fabric of most...

How to Recover From a Healthcare Data Breach

Despite the healthcare industry's continuous efforts to minimize cybercriminal activity, cyber attacks continue to make their tumultuous presence known throughout the industry. As a result, medical facilities, providers, and payers have prioritized protecting their digital infrastructure against a data breach. Healthcare organizations are consistently implementing preventative measures such as update...

How A Virtual Information Security Program Revolutionizes Cybersecurity in Your Organization

Despite continuously integrating innovative cybersecurity upgrades and enhancements, the healthcare industry remains a primary target for cyber attacks and data breaches for a myriad of reasons. A medical facility's technology environment contains employee and provider information, financial data, as well as a full spectrum of highly sensitive patient information, all...

How to Conduct an Inventory of Your Medical Devices to Plan for Confident Cybersecurity

Connected medical devices have become an integral part of the patient experience here in the United States. Recent statistics demonstrate that a single hospital room may have, on average, 15-20 medical devices in it, many of them connecting directly into the healthcare facility's IT infrastructure. Beyond the number in each...

HIPAA and Cybersecurity Applied to Medical Devices

Medical devices are increasingly being connected to hospital networks, the internet, patient home networks, and to other medical devices. This broad sharing of information allows physicians to respond to patient needs more quickly and tailor treatment plans based on outputs from medical devices in use. However, these capabilities also increase...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Tips for Apps and Mobile Devices

Every healthcare organization, regardless of the devices used, faces the risk of cybersecurity attacks. However, the use of mobile devices and apps can bring the risk of a cyber-attack to another level.  Apps and mobile devices are highly effective, affordable, and convenient ways for medical facilities to manage a diverse...

6 Recommendations for Taking Your Healthcare Information Management Systems from Compliance to Confidence

Cyber attacks are a regular occurrence throughout the healthcare industry. Unfortunately, not only are data nad network security compromises common, they are also costly. A cyberattack can cost the organization $1.4 million in recovery expenses alone on average, including loss of productivity, service disruption, and irreparable reputation damage for medical...

Pause To Consider: Multi-factor Authentication

With passwords becoming routinely compromised and users frequently concerned with memorizing lengthy and complex passwords, multi-factor authentication or MFA is becoming increasingly popular. However, the implementation of MFA solutions is not always properly executed to maximize efficiency and effectiveness. When implementing MFA, pause to consider: Have you identified the most...

Pause To Consider: Executive Buy-In

Many CISOs and CIOs are constantly fighting for budget dollars and find themselves competing against other strategic initiatives within their organization. Gaining executive buy-in is critical to any successful cybersecurity program and is required to protect patient information adequately. Buy-in throughout the organization is increasingly more critical as the threat...

Pause To Consider: Staffing Issues

Having trouble finding, recruiting, and retaining the right level of cybersecurity talent to support your organization adequately? You can find comfort in the fact that you are not alone, as this challenge is impacting healthcare organizations across the country. Unfortunately, that comfort doesn’t fix your problem; but thinking differently might....