security

By Jonah Comstock March 11, 2019
Belfast-based B-Secur has raised €4.7m (£4m) in Series A funding from existing investors Accelerated Digital Ventures and Kernel Capital. This brings their total funding to €11.7m (£10m). What they do B-Secur, whose HeartKey algorithms made a splash this year at CES, is looking to use ECG monitoring in a dual role: both for health and wellness purposes and for biometric identification. The...

Intermountain CISO Karl West speaks on a panel at the HIMSS Healthcare Security Forum. (Photo by Donis Perkins).

By Jonah Comstock October 22, 2018
As healthcare shifts towards consumerization, a related shift is happening in healthcare information security. The change is from a perimeter model to an identity model and from an emphasis on compliance to one on maturity, Karl West, chief information security officer at Intermountain Healthcare, said in a talk last week at the HIMSS Privacy and Security Forum. “At Intermountain, 80 percent of...
By Dave Muoio October 18, 2018
Xcertia, a standards and guidelines body for mobile apps, today announced the draft release of  its updated Privacy and Security Guidelines, a document consisting of practical and descriptive advice for health app designers. The group has opened the draft up for comment from stakeholders and industry members for the next 45 days, Chuck Parker, managing director at Xcertia, said here at the...
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By Dave Muoio October 1, 2018
FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb released a statement today unveiling the Medical Device Cybersecurity Regional Incident Preparedness and Response Playbook — a document co-authored with the non-profit Mitre Corporation describing how healthcare delivery organizations can best prepare their medical devices and staff for a device security breach. The agency also announced the development of its...
Screensnaps of Whats App, iMessage and Facebook Messenger.

Screensnaps of Whats App, iMessage and Facebook Messenger.

By Mike Miliard August 30, 2018
A majority of  UK National Health Service trusts have no official policies to discourage the use of consumer messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger among clinicians and staff, according to a new CommonTime report. The study found that despite the clear privacy risks posed by those apps, many trusts also don't provide other more secure alternatives for staff to use. This is just...
By Jeff Lagasse July 20, 2017
Protenus, a patient protection solution aimed at preventing health data breaches, has undergone a $3 million extension of its Series A funding round, led by Kaiser Permanente Ventures with participation from F-Prime Capital Partners and existing investor LionBird Venture Partners. The new investment will be used to bolster its product, expand its offerings and accelerate sales growth. The move...
By Bill Siwicki June 26, 2017
Healthcare security professionals have their hands full with protecting Internet of Things devices from attacks. There are many ways to safeguard IoT devices in healthcare. But infosec pros can benefit from the sometimes-overlooked methods of protection, which security experts point to as high-value tactics against hackers. “IoT devices are clearly becoming pervasive, and when it comes to...
By Bill Siwicki June 6, 2017
The pace of innovation in healthcare today is a “gold rush” for apps. Innovators large and small are speeding apps through development and bringing them to market as quickly as possible, which all-too-frequently means security is among the last considerations. That means healthcare organizations must be extra diligent when considering new apps. “There are a million different apps out there – the...
By MobiHealthNews May 22, 2017
HIMSS Media is currently accepting speaker proposals for the Boston Healthcare Security Forum, Sept. 11-13,   The deadline to submit a proposal is June 1. Click here to submit a proposal.   Submissions are limited to security professionals and experts from healthcare provider and payer organizations, government agencies, and academic institutions. Presentations should be practical, actionable and...
By Heather Mack August 18, 2016
Health and fitness apps may potentially reveal data-enabled insights into the daily lives of those who use them, but what they sometimes fail to reveal are the ways they use the data collected on users. A recent study from the Future of Privacy Forum, a Washington, DC-based think tank that works to advance responsible data practices, found that -- compared with other apps in the iOS and Android...