cybersecurity

By Dave Muoio 03:56 pm January 31, 2020
While there are no shortage of technical approaches for hackers targeting a healthcare organization, the fact of the matter is that many attacks start with doctors, administrative workers and the other employees who might not have cybersecurity on the mind. This approach, often referred to under the umbrella term of “social engineering,” is at the core of phishing, pretexting, baiting and several...
By Jeff Lagasse 04:11 pm December 10, 2019
With the Internet of Things and connected medical devices, poor cybersecurity poses risks to both patient safety and the infrastructure that keeps hospitals running. It’s an ongoing challenge for healthcare security professionals. What makes it such a challenge is that the hospital environment is a very different beast than it once was. Clinical delivery has moved from a palliative care model to...
By Nazila Hafezi 03:29 pm June 18, 2019
This week, Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) introduced legislation to strengthen privacy and security protections for consumers’ personal health data, specifically the data involved in DNA testing kits and health tracking apps. WHAT HAPPENED The Protecting Personal Health Data Act would require HHS to create standards to protect the sensitivity of genetic data,...
By Dave Muoio 02:26 pm May 8, 2019
San Diego-based MedCrypt, a maker of cybersecurity software for medical devices, has raised $5.3 million in a Series A funding round led by Section 32. Other participants include Eniac Ventures and Y Combinator, the latter of which included MedCrypt as part of its Winter 2019 batch. WHAT THEY DO While many medical device security companies are focusing their efforts on provider customers looking...
By Dave Muoio 03:13 pm March 22, 2019
After creating dummy accounts on highly-rated Android medical apps and analyzing their traffic, an investigation published Wednesday in BMJ found that nearly four in five shared users’ data with outside entities. What’s more, the Australian research team determined that several of those groups receiving the user information would likely be able to aggregate the data and use it to pinpoint a...
By Dave Muoio 01:16 pm January 29, 2019
Tel Aviv, Israel-based medical device security platform Medigate has closed a $15 million Series A fundraising round. The investment was led by US Venture Partners, with additional participation from return backers YL Ventures and Blumberg Capital. “With regulators appropriately taking a hard look at medical device security and the sheer growth in the number of devices being added to already...
By HIMSS TV 03:43 pm January 24, 2019
By Dave Muoio 11:54 am January 14, 2019
Healthcare medical device cybersecurity company Cynerio announced last week that it has completed a $7 million round of investment funding. Participants in the round include Accelmed, RDC, MTIP and other unnamed global venture capitalists. What they do The Ramat Gan, Israel-based company develops a cybersecurity platform designed specifically for healthcare providers. The software scans a...
By Laura Lovett 02:13 pm December 12, 2018
Last week the Department of Homeland Security and Philips issued notices alerting the public to possible cyber security risks in Philip’s HealthSuite Health Android app.  The DHS said the risk was related to inadequate encryption strength and warned that it would not be difficult for hackers to exploit this vulnerability.  “Successful exploitation of this vulnerability may allow an attacker with...