Organizations chosen for remote "desk audits" of their HIPAA compliance, which will begin this summer, need to be prepared to quickly provide supporting documentation, Deven McGraw, deputy director of health information privacy at the HHS Office for Civil Rights, explains this in-depth audio interview.
Hacker attacks in the healthcare sector so far this year generally have targeted smaller organizations and affected fewer individuals, in contrast with last year's massive hacker incidents. For example, one of the latest victims is a small physician group practice in Texas.
The $940 billion compensation awarded to Epic Systems in its case against Indian IT major TCS is unprecedented - shaking the industry out of its complacency to information security. Cyber law expert "Naavi" takes a close look at the implications for India.
Like class action lawsuits stemming from breaches of electronic health data, a new lawsuit filed in the aftermath of the loss of paper records faces slim chances of success, legal experts say. But will regulators take action in the case?
The HHS Office of Civil Rights is gearing up for round two of HIPAA compliance audits. What should security leaders expect, and how should they prepare? David Holtzman of CynergisTek and Geoff Bibby of Zix offer insights and advice.
The influence of President Obama's cybersecurity legacy on the next administration is among the topics to be discussed at ISMG's Fraud and Data Breach Summit in Washington May 17-18. Featured speakers include NIST's Ron Ross, DHS's Phyllis Schneck and Virginia Technology Secretary Karen Jackson.
In the aftermath of a media maelstrom surrounding an alleged hack, the IRCTC flatly denies any compromise, but it's anxious to verify data in police possession, which the authorities apparently have still not shared. Here's the full lowdown.
Russian email service Mail.Ru says its users' credentials contained in data leaked to Hold Security are 99.982 percent invalid, leading it to slam the security firm for stoking "media hype." But Hold Security's CISO contends the leak contains valid email addresses that could be used for phishing and spam.
Federal regulators are reminding healthcare organizations about the urgency of having plans in place to manage security issues, including data breaches, involving their business associates. The guidance is important, security experts say, because about one-fifth of major health data breaches have involved BAs.
The section chief of the FBI's Cyber Division says "the FBI does not condone payment of ransom," in part because it enables criminals to victimize others. Instead, the bureau continues to urge all potential victims to get their IT house in order.
Healthcare entities are increasingly in the crosshairs of attackers who seek to cause business disruption. How can threat intelligence bolster cybersecurity defenses? FireEye's Dan McWhorter offers insight and strategies.
Despite continued efforts to shore up security to protect payment card data and other financial information, the U.S. financial services and retail sectors had more data breaches in 2015 than any other business sectors worldwide, according to Verizon's latest Data Breach Investigations report.
Proposed new federal regulations would end the HITECH Act electronic health records "meaningful use" incentive program for physicians treating Medicare patients and replace it with a simplified program as part of a sweeping payment revamp. What impact would the Medicare change have on data security requirements?
Like last year's breach of the online dating site Ashley Madison - tagline: "Life is Short. Have an Affair." - this year's release of the "Panama Papers" is holding individuals accountable for actions which, if not always illegal, in many cases appear to have at least been unethical.
Now, more than ever, managing the risks involved in working with business associates and their subcontractors should be a top priority for healthcare organizations in their efforts to safeguard patient information, says risk management expert Andrew Hicks, who explains why.