Fortified Health Security: Is Your Network Vulnerable To Intrusion?

Healthcare organizations across the country suffer from a myriad of network security issues that put their (and their patients') data at risk. Unfortunately, many healthcare administrators don't realize the scope of their cybersecurity vulnerabilities or just how at risk their organization is for a potential data breach – until it's...

Do Your Security Policies Include Your Vendors?

Healthcare organizations recognize the vital urgency of maintaining uncompromised internal network security at all times. Under constant threat of a cyber attack, IT departments at hospitals and providers of every size prioritize cybersecurity practices, making proactive prevention and detection of a data breach a primary goal. What to Know About...

7 Things Every Healthcare CTO Should Consider When Planning a HIPAA Risk Analysis

The HIPAA Security Rule mandates that healthcare organizations must have the appropriate technical, administrative, and physical safeguards in place to protect the integrity, security, and confidentiality of electronically stored health data against a data breach or cyber attack. To remain compliant with HIPAA regulations, healthcare organizations must conduct an annual...

Healthcare IT: The Biggest Healthcare Spam Threats (And How to Avoid Them)

The practice of spam began innocently enough in 1978 (yes, really), when Gary Thuerk, a marketing associate at Digital Equipment Corporation sent a promotional mass-email to 400 recipients touting the arrival of the company's new T-series of VAX systems. The reaction was swift, fierce, and familiar: unadulterated annoyance. Today, the...

Healthcare IT: Your Essential Guide to Making Email More Secure

Yes, there are countless cybersecurity threats plaguing healthcare networks across the country at any given moment. However, recent reports suggest that many data breaches across any industry specifically occur due to poor email security practices within the company. A 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report indicates that as much as 66%...

How To Triage Your Healthcare IT Security Needs And Stay On Budget

In the healthcare industry, the word "triage" typically refers to a medical process that determines the order in which admitted patients receive treatment. In larger hospitals, triage protocol becomes particularly vital, as hundreds (and potentially even thousands) of patients pursue treatment and care daily. As patients are triaged, medical professionals...

Healthcare IT: How Often Are You Checking Your Network for Security Risks?

It's official. Healthcare data breaches and cyber attacks have already reared their ugly digital heads in 2019. A recently released HIPAA Journal report demonstrated that, despite a respectable dip in cyber attacks throughout December 2018, January data breach events at healthcare facilities across the country rose to above typical levels....

Human Capital Management: 3 Tips To Insulate Your Organization from the Turnover Epidemic

With IT talent shortages reaching record heights, the healthcare industry is under mounting pressure to not only hire high performing technology employees to manage its mission-critical network security and data loss prevention efforts, but also to retain these staff members once they've joined the team. Unfortunately, successfully retaining high-performing employees...

Healthcare IT: Can You Accurately Assess Your Healthcare Tech Needs In-House?

The technology needs of any healthcare organization are constantly changing, forcing administrators to continuously reevaluate whether current systems fully support both patient and process needs. There are a myriad of reasons for this. For some healthcare organizations, it's simply a matter of updating obsolete programs to a more advanced and...

Partnering With An IT Security Firm To Solve The #1 HR Problem: Turnover

As the IT Security candidate shortage in the medical industry continues to grow, healthcare administrators find themselves faced with a second staffing crisis: turnover. As companies in every vertical compete for the same dwindling talent pool, the healthcare segment has had to navigate an upswing in turnover amongst their cybersecurity...

Purchasing New Medical Technology? Take These 4 Steps First to Keep Them Secure

Like most innovation-centric industries, the healthcare vertical is undergoing rampant adoption and acceptance of the Internet of Things (IoT) as it strives to improve services, performance, and function. Accelerated leaps in technology have given healthcare executives extensive access to technology designed specifically to improve care levels as well as elevate...

Human Capital Management: The Outlook for Retaining Top Talent in 2019

Recent reports have confirmed what healthcare directors and HR specialists have already recognized and painfully experienced firsthand throughout 2018: last year’s cybersecurity job market was rife with hiring gaps, transitions, and disruptions. While the past several years have proven challenging for healthcare organizations looking to staff up their internal network...

How Are IT Risks Different For A Company That Handles Protected Health Information?

As cybersecurity threats and attacks continue to evolve, hackers are consistently turning their attention to the United States healthcare industry. A 2017 report released by the Identity Theft Resource Center showed that, of the total number of data breaches tracked for the year by the organization, the Medical/Healthcare industry came...

HSCC Releases New Framework For Medical Device Security

At Fortified Health Security, we've seen firsthand how the many cybersecurity threats plaguing United States medical devices can impact healthcare facilities and organizations on a national scale. Yes, speed-of-light technology advances have transformed healthcare practices, treatments, and service delivery, exponentially increasing the quality of patient care across virtually every medical...

HIMSS19: What to Expect When Your Team Meets with Fortified Health Security. See us at Booths 2889 and 400-67

As a leading healthcare cybersecurity resource, Fortified Health Security makes staying on top of the latest industry trends and innovations a top priority. For us, attending relevant healthcare events and symposiums is about more than just finding new ways to network with both marketplace leaders and healthcare executives (although we...

Healthcare IT: Facing the Staffing Crisis through an Alternative Approach

IT security within the healthcare industry is currently facing a major staffing crisis. This cybersecurity talent shortage has delivered significant blows throughout virtually every vertical, but the healthcare sector has been hit especially hard. A 2017 report released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services noted that the...

Why Working with an MSSP Is Smarter Than Building Your Own Cybersecurity Team

The landscape of cybersecurity is in constant flux. Hackers are continuously developing newer, smarter, and more sophisticated ways to infiltrate network security at companies on a global scale. For healthcare facilities, the increased threat of a cyber attack means ramping up security measures across the entire organization to protect the...

Healthcare IT: Is Your Network Safe and Secure for All Your Connected Medical Devices?

Technology enabled devices within the U.S. healthcare industry continue to grow at the speed-of-light. The emergence of IoT, telemedicine, e-clinical trials, and a myriad of other digital medical technologies are directly impacting how care is both delivered and received on a global basis. Great news, right? Yes and no. While...

WEBINAR: Beyond WannaCry – Vital Steps for Ransomware Preparedness

Since the global WannaCry cyberattack made the word “ransomware” top of mind for millions of people recently, the Fortified team has had informative and actionable conversations with many healthcare leaders. Our proper tendency is to respond to an attack. However, the foundational efforts to establish a truly secure cybersecurity posture...

Ransomware: An Overview

Ransomware! The word alone strikes fear in the hearts of CIOs, CISOs and hospital administrators alike. In this overview, learn what is ransomware, where it’s going, and what you can do to protect your organization. Download the full report here.

Ransomware: An Overview

Ransomware! The word alone strikes fear in the hearts of CIOs, CISOs and hospital administrators alike. What is Ransomware? Ransomware is malicious software which blocks access to a computer system or data in some way until a sum of money is paid.

CHIME 16 Fall CIO Forum

We're excited to participate in the CHIME 16 Fall CIO Forum, November 1-4, 2016 in Phoenix, AZ. Connect with our team there, and be sure to attend our discussion on Ransomware.  Click here for full conference details.  

Beacon Health System

Beacon Health System A merger of two community hospitals led to a thriving regional medical center that needed to centralize its cybersecurity program, track data loss, and remediate vulnerabilities. Following deployment of DLP and VTM solutions, plus migration of the hospital’s existing SIEM into a fully managed solution, Beacon is...

King’s Daughters Health System

King's Daughters Health System When recruiting a new CISO proved difficult, Fortified stepped in with its Virtual Information Security Program (VISP). Using a focused HIPAA risk analysis process, the combined team successfully bolstered the health system’s HIPAA security and compliance program. “Fortified’s VISP services worked very closely with our team...

Fort HealthCare

Fort HealthCare Thanks to a comprehensive Virtual Information Security Program (VISP) developed with Fort HealthCare’s resource limitations in mind, the health system saw a 50% reduction in critical and high vulnerabilities within six months. “Fortified gives us confidence to know we adhere to the latest cybersecurity best practices. Their proactive...