The number of health data breach victims added to the official federal tally so far in 2018 has doubled in recent weeks to more than 2 million. The largest breach of the year so far involved a break-in at a California government office.
The Trump administration has eliminated the top cybersecurity coordinator role in the White House. The decision has earned a sharp rebuke from lawmakers and former government officials, who say cybersecurity demands a greater - not lesser - prominence in the federal government.
Federal regulators plan to craft a new proposal for revamping a HIPAA Privacy Rule provision for "accounting of disclosures" of electronic patient records. Updating that rule was mandated under the HITECH Act, but the modification has been in limbo since 2011.
Chili's Grill & Bar is warning customers that an unknown number of payment cards were compromised at an unknown number of corporate-owned locations earlier this year for a period of time it suspects lasted two months. Should Chili's have waited to alert customers until it had more information?
A recent hacking incident involving a firm that staffs U.S. hospitals' emergency departments with physicians serves as a reminder of tricky questions that can pop up when a vendor has a breach impacting patient data.
Some military health facilities haven't consistently implemented security controls, putting patient data at risk, according to a new watchdog agency report. But security experts say the weaknesses are quite common at civilian health facilities as well.
A former Massachusetts gynecologist has been convicted in a rare case involving a criminal HIPAA violation. The case was tied to providing a pharmaceutical salesperson access to patients' medical records.
Fitbit and Google say they are collaborating to accelerate innovation and "transform the future" of digital health and wearables, leveraging cloud computing. Some observers, however, say the partnership also raises privacy, security and patient safety questions.
Jan Koum, WhatsApp's co-founder, is leaving Facebook. His departure marks another exit of a high-level privacy and security advocate. If Facebook continues to lose those who could better influence the social networking site's worrying views toward user data, what does that mean for the rest of us?
Makers of internet of things devices - especially those that handle health information - must implement protections into their product development lifecycle to effectively safeguard consumers' data, says regulatory attorney Elliot Golding.
Incident response is a critical pillar of an effective endpoint security program, one that will gain importance as GDPR enforcement comes into play on May 25. Organizations must be ready to react if and when an incident occurs in order to meet the stringent requirements that apply during an incident.
The New Jersey state attorney general has smacked a medical practice with a $418,000 penalty for a 2016 HIPAA breach involving a vendor's misconfigured server. The case is the latest example of the risks posed by vendors.
Should federal regulators provide physicians with a free pass from having to conduct a HIPAA risk analysis or face a random HIPAA compliance audit if they implement a cybersecurity framework? That's what the AMA is proposing. Security experts weigh in with reactions.