As President Trump delivered his inaugural address, the White House transitioned its website from the Obama to the Trump administration. Immediately, Trump's team posted a series of position papers, including one that addressed - albeit briefly - cybersecurity.
In its second HIPAA enforcement action for 2017, HHS has slapped an insurer with a $2.2 million settlement in the wake of a relatively small breach, citing the company's lack of timely corrective action.
In this edition of the ISMG Report: An FTC complaint filed against a camera manufacturer could signal the start of a trend to regulate IoT security. Also, Donald Trump adviser Rudolph Giuliani's cybersecurity credentials are questioned, and a terrorist shooting prompts new privacy guidance.
Malware designed to get ATMs to spit out their cash - advanced when it first debuted - has been upgraded, according to a report from FireEye. Now, the Ploutus-D malware talks to legitimate ATM middleware, enabling it to target machines from 40 vendors. What does this mean for financial institutions?
Yet another study reveals that millions of people are picking weak passwords, with "123456" remaining our collective favorite. Rules requiring stronger passwords and not forcing passwords to expire both could help boost security.
Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor who's been tapped by U.S. president-elect Donald Trump to lead a cybersecurity corporate outreach program, runs a security consulting firm with a website that's been given a failing grade for its security.
In a reminder of HIPAA's tough requirements for breach notification, federal regulators have issued a $475,000 financial settlement and corrective action plan for Chicago-based Presence Health tied to its tardy notification for a 2013 paper records breach affecting only about 800 individuals.
Hackers have apparently hijacked potentially thousands of vulnerable MongoDB databases and demanded ransoms for the return of critical data, with some victims paying up, according to security researchers.
The lack of a smoking gun - absolute certainty - has some security experts not entirely convinced that the Russians or their backers hacked Democratic Party computers in an attempt to sway the U.S. presidential election.
The transition to a new presidential administration makes forecasting for HIPAA enforcement activity in 2017 difficult, says privacy attorney David Holtzman of the consultancy Cynergistek, who sizes up what the HHS Office for Civil Rights might do this year.
The National Governors Association, in a new road map for improving nationwide secure health data exchange, proposes that states attempt to better align their privacy laws to the federal HIPAA Privacy Rule to help remove legal barriers.
The impact of the patient data privacy and security provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act, signed into law Dec. 13, will depend, in part, on who is chosen to study key issues and come up with recommendations, says attorney Steven Teppler.
President Obama is expected on Dec. 13 to sign the 21st Century Cures Act, which the Senate passed on Dec. 7. Among its long list of provisions, the bill lays out a number of privacy and security-related projects for HHS, including imposing fines on those that intentionally block health data information sharing.
Federal regulators have issued a warning to healthcare sector organizations about a phishing email campaign that pretends to be compliance audit communications from the nation's top HIPAA enforcer. But who's really sending out these emails?