The Department of Health and Human Services is making progress in improving its information security practices, but it still has gaps that put sensitive data at risk for compromise, according to a new watchdog agency report. Experts say those same gaps are pervasive at many healthcare organizations.
Federal regulators are considering the role that blockchain technology could play in advancing the secure exchange of healthcare information, says Steve Posnack of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, who explains ongoing research efforts.
Because so many healthcare organizations are growing through mergers and acquisitions at a time when cyber threats are multiplying, effective access control is becoming increasingly important - and more complex, says Joe Meyer of the security consulting firm NCC Group.
Megaupload Founder Kim Dotcom plans to appeal a New Zealand High Court ruling that found him and three colleagues eligible for extradition to the U.S. The four men are charged with profiting by allowing the trade of copyright-protected content on their file-sharing platform.
The uptick of ransomware and other cyberattacks in the healthcare sector has prompted healthcare provider RWJBarnabas Health to make a number of important moves to help prevent, detect and respond to breaches, says CISO Hussein Syed.
At this year's RSA Conference, we have about 35 videos on the docket. And truly we're talking about the A-Z of information security thought leaders, from CrowdStrike co-founder Dmitri Alperovitch to ZixCorp CEO David Wagner, with a stop in the middle to discuss homeland security with U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul.
Just like epidemiologists studying disease outbreaks, cybersecurity professionals can benefit from identifying and mitigating certain behaviors, says Dr. Elizabeth Lawler, an epidemiologist who is CEO of Conjur, a data security firm.
When Army intelligence specialist Chelsea Manning leaked classified documents to WikiLeaks in 2010, the federal government's security clearance process served as the main defense against malicious insiders. CERT's Randy Trzeciak explains how insider threat defenses have changed since then.
Facebook is aiming to make account recovery and password resets more secure with a new, updated approach that eliminates outdated weaknesses such as emailed reset links, SMS messages and security questions.
Leo Scanlon, deputy CISO at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will take a lead role as HHS sharpens its ongoing focus on cybersecurity issues, an effort that will continue under the Trump administration, he explains.
A 2015 incident involving unauthorized access to a database that healthcare professionals use to check insurance eligibility of patients appears to have resulted in a breach affecting 220,000 individuals, according to just-released details.
Critical issues that must be addressed to pave the way for broader exchange of health information are expanding the use of multifactor authentication and data encryption and making broad improvements in identity management, says David Kibbe, M.D., president and CEO of DirectTrust.
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.