Although major healthcare data breaches appear to be on the decline this year, losses and thefts of unencrypted devices continue to be a problem. Bill Lazarus of Stanford Medicine explains how his organization is tackling the issue.
An HHS inspector general report on the shortcomings of a government contractor's USB drive security practices is a reminder of why all healthcare organizations need to control the use of mobile storage media and ports.
Robert Bigman, former CISO at the CIA, says many government agencies and other organizations have yet to take adequate steps to prevent rogue systems administrators from accessing sensitive information on systems they manage.
Researcher Billy Rios and a partner found password vulnerabilities in 300 medical devices, prompting the Department of Homeland Security to issue a security advisory to device manufacturers, healthcare facilities and users.
To prevent leaks, the National Security Agency is considering a number of measures, including reducing the number of systems administrators it employs, Director Keith Alexander tells a House committee.
My colleagues and I often need access to company-related social network sites in the course of gathering evidence. The last thing we want is a dispute over who owns a site and who can regulate access to it.
Despite the new instructions on breach notification in the HIPAA Omnibus Rule, there's still plenty of uncertainty about what constitutes a "compromise" of data that triggers notification, says privacy attorney Adam Greene.
Leaders of the House Veterans Affairs Committee suggest that VA Secretary Eric Shinseki may have been misled about multiple breaches of department computers since 2010. Those responsible should be disciplined, the committee chairman says.
When it comes to breach prevention, many organizations are improving their own security posture, but neglecting that of their strategic partners.
It's a wide gap that far too few organizations even recognize, says Tom Kellermann, vice president of cybersecurity at Trend Micro.
Data breach notification legislation before Australia's parliament, if enacted, would add new dimensions to its privacy laws, perhaps influencing lawmakers elsewhere, privacy lawyer FranÃ§oise Gilbert says.
The FDA has issued draft guidance urging medical device makers to develop cybersecurity controls. It has also released tips for how healthcare organizations can mitigate cybersecurity risks to devices.