The Trump administration has moved to restrict the U.S. government's ability to use products built by Moscow-based anti-virus firm Kaspersky Lab, which claims it's been caught up in a "political game" being played out between Washington and Moscow.
Two years after a massive breach that exposed the personal information of some 21.5 million individuals, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management continues to labor in its attempt to guarantee the security of its information systems.
The recent WannaCry ransomware campaign has led to more healthcare organizations paying closer attention to cybersecurity and the latest threats, says Lee Kim of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.
The workforce of information security analysts in the United States has exceeded 100,000 for the first time, more than doubling since the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics began publishing full-year statistics for the occupation category in 2012.
Although the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is phasing out its chief privacy officer position, a focus on data security and privacy will continue to be interwoven into all the work the office does, including electronic health record interoperability efforts, the head of the office pledges.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report leads off with a multi-part report explaining why President Donald Trump sought to create a joint U.S.-Russian cybersecurity unit and then backed off. Also, ransomware's impact on emergency services providers.
Kudos to the breached business - in this case, kiosk manufacturer Avanti Markets - that quickly alerts victims and gives them actionable information for protecting themselves. Unfortunately, not all breached businesses are so forthright, as some recent data leaks demonstrate.
Regulators will not penalize healthcare providers that attested to meeting HITECH Act "meaningful use" incentive payment requirements using electronic health records from eClinicalWorks, a vendor that recently settled a false claims case with federal prosecutors.
President Donald Trump backtracked on a pledge that the United States and Russia would work together to improve global cybersecurity by forming a joint working group after his proposal was criticized by both Republican and Democratic lawmakers.
As healthcare organizations build patient portals, they must address user authentication and a variety of other security issues, much like those involved in online banking, says Erik Devine, chief security officer at Riverside Healthcare in Illinois.
The latest edition of ISMG Security Report leads with a conversation with DataBreachToday Executive Editor Mathew J. Schwartz on how the NotPetya malware spread from its Ukraine origins. Also, why tech users can't secure their systems.
Healthcare organizations that rely too heavily on HIPAA compliance are coming up short when it comes to security, says Jennings Aske, an attorney who's CISO at New York-Presbyterian. A far better approach, he says, is to rely on the NIST cybersecurity framework or other comprehensive frameworks.