HHS Urges Organizations to Evaluate Authentication Practices to Safeguard HIPAA-Protected Information

Published: 07/06/2023

  • Department of Health and Human Services,
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
Relevant To:
  • All Healthcare Organizations

In their June Cybersecurity Newsletter, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) addresses the importance of user authentication in safeguarding HIPAA-protected information. According to HHS OCR, robust authentication serves as the first line of defense against malicious intrusions and attacks, yet a recent analysis of cyber breaches reported that 86% of attacks to access an organization’s Internet-facing systems (e.g., web servers, email servers) used

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