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Healthcare SOC 2 FAQs

Cyberattacks against healthcare organizations and their business associate vendors have begun to threaten patient safety and fundamental business operations. As a result, SOC 2 audit reports have become one of the most common and cost-effective vehicles for healthcare organizations to demonstrate adoption of controls relevant to security, availability, confidentiality, processing integrity and privacy. We have compiled these SOC 2 frequently asked questions to support healthcare organizations and vendors supporting the healthcare ecosystem that are looking to pursue SOC 2 examinations. Read More

Urgent Alert: Log4j Java/Apache Logging Vulnerability

A far-spanning zero-day vulnerability was exposed this week for the ubiquitous open-sourced logging utility called Log4j. Meditology is actively working with our clients and the third-party vendor population to understand the extent of deployment of Log4j and the impact and risk exposure it may create for healthcare organizations. This blog provides a short summary of the Log4j vulnerability as well as recommendations for remediation and risk mitigation for organizations and their third-party vendors. Read More

HITRUST is Shaking Things Up: Details for the New HITRUST i1 Certification and bC Assessment

The demand for healthcare organizations to obtain some form of security certification is at an all-time high due to escalations in breaches across the healthcare industry and its supporting supply chain. HITRUST provides the most widely adopted security certification for healthcare entities with its flagship HITRUST CSF Validated certification. However, not all certifications are created equal, and the industry is outgrowing the one-size-fits-all certification model.  Read More

Healthcare Security Risk Assessment & HIPAA Security Risk Analysis FAQs

Are you able to answer these questions about your security risk assessment process? Is a security risk assessment the same as a HIPAA security risk analysis? Does my organization need to assess every individual asset in our environment as part of a security risk assessment? Does a security certification like SOC 2 Type II, HITRUST CSF, or ISO count as a security risk assessment? Is a penetration test required for a security risk assessment? Is a HIPAA compliance review or gap assessment the same as a HIPAA Security Risk Analysis? Check out our security risk assessment FAQ to answer these and other related questions. Read More

Take a Pen Test Pill: Inoculation for Ransomware

Ransomware attacks seem to have no end in sight. Many healthcare security leaders are seeing their friends and peer organizations get infected, their vendors are getting infected and spreading ransomware across the supply chain, and it seems like only a matter of time until everyone gets hit. A great deal of attention and energy is appropriately being spent on preparing for ransomware infections and response activities, but isn’t there some way we can prevent or reduce the likelihood of infection in the first place? Read More

Healthcare Virtual CISO Success Factors

The talent shortage in cybersecurity has reached critical levels and healthcare organizations are struggling to find and retain qualified personnel. Our team here at Meditology has seen a significant uptick in placing our virtual CISO (vCISO), CISO as a Service, and Staff Augmentation resources out at clients who are struggling to find, place, and train the cyber talent. This blog post provides a collection of best practices for establishing a world-class cybersecurity program using virtual or traditional security staffing models. Read More

HITRUST Releases Version 9.5 | Implications for Healthcare Organizations

One of the many, many things we’ve learned over the last year or more of living and working through a pandemic, is that cybersecurity needs to evolve with the changing threat landscape. Likewise, the regulatory landscape and the security related frameworks we rely upon must attempt to keep pace. HITRUST is no exception as they seek to constantly evolve and update the HITRUST CSF, certifications, and processes. Read More

White House and FDA Launch New Medical Device Security Plan

The FDA has announced a plan to improve cybersecurity practices for medical devices in response to the White House’s effort to bolster cybersecurity across the supply chain. Kevin Fu, acting director of medical device cybersecurity at the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, has warned of cyber-attacks not just affecting technology that stores and processes data, but also affecting technology directly responsible for patient health. Read More