SMiShing

No, this isn’t a typo. SMiShing is the SMS version of phishing scams but instead of a bad email, you get a bad text message on your smartphone.  While smishing has been around for years, its use has increased significantly since March, all thanks to the Coronavirus.  According to the FTC, 52,500 Americans have filed…

RYUK: Healthcare on Alert

As if the COVID-19 pandemic were not enough to worry about, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security have issued an unprecedented warning of an “imminent cybercrime threat to US hospitals and healthcare providers.”   Intelligence indicates that a Russian ransomware group known as UNC1878 is planning to deploy ransomware nicknamed “Ryuk” to more than…

Falling Short: Predictive Analytics and Healthcare Security

VertitechIT Executive Project Officer and IT security/HIPAA compliance consultant Teresa Grogan says many healthcare institutions are employing a “set it and forget it” mentality when implementing predictive analytics technology to fight cyber threats. She says that practice is a shortcut that will come back to haunt them. In an interview with Healthcare Info Security, Terry…

IoMT: Keep Up or Clean Up

When your smart thermostat fails, your home may get a little overheated. The breach of a security camera might result in a break in or a stolen package off the front porch. But failure of an Internet-connected heart monitor or the hacking of a device configured to remind an elderly patient to take their hypertension…

Is This Apple Good For Your Health?

What is it with tech companies who know virtually nothing about healthcare (GoogleHealth and Microsoft HealthVault were awesome weren’t they?) who suddenly think they can build a better mousetrap? What makes them feel that they can take a seemingly carefree drive down an already well-travelled road littered with industry and government created potholes (interoperability and…