An analysis of the privacy issues Amazon will face as it dives deeper into the healthcare business leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also featured: A preview of ISMG's Security Summit in New York Aug. 14-15.
Hubris has a new name: Bitfi. The cryptocurrency wallet-building company, backed by technology eccentric John McAfee, earned this year's not-so-coveted Pwnies Award for "Lamest Vendor Response" for how it mishandled security researchers' vulnerability disclosures. Bitfi has promised to do better.
Documents containing information on more than 300,000 patients were recently discovered on the former campus of a Missouri hospital that's being prepared for demolition four years after the hospital moved to new facilities. The incident illustrates the need to track all paper records that contain PHI.
More than a dozen technology and medical organizations are asking HHS why it's taking so long to issue regulations aimed at limiting the blocking of health information sharing. The regs were called for in a law passed in 2016.
As Amazon expands its activities in healthcare, include a high-profile venture into the pharmacy business, the online retail giant will face a wide variety of important privacy issues, attorneys Jeffrey Short and Todd Nova explain.
One measure of why it's so difficult for organizations to keep their software patched and better secured: Of the nearly 20,000 unique vulnerabilities in 2,000 products cataloged last year, only half involved Microsoft, Adobe, Java, Chrome or Firefox software, says Flexera's Alejandro Lavie.
Are federal regulators beginning to slack off on HIPAA compliance enforcement? While some observers say the lack of recent settlement announcements could signal the start of a lasting trend, others contend that HHS remains committed to aggressive HIPAA enforcement.
HHS is considering making changes to federal privacy regulations governing health data - including HIPAA and the 42 CFR Part 2 law. While regulatory experts are already debating whether changes to HIPAA are, indeed, needed, many say changes to the 42 CFR Part 2 are long overdue.
When it comes to the internet of things, balancing the need to protect privacy against the need for technological innovation, such as to improve healthcare, is proving challenging, says attorney Jean Marie Pechette.
Facebook is making substantial investments to improve its data security and privacy practices. But the long-term cost of those investments and impact on the bottom line has spooked investors, leading to a $120 billion loss in market value on Thursday, the largest one-day loss of value for a U.S. traded company.
Facebook has promised to bring machine learning to bear on the problem of hate speech and information warfare via its platform. But insiders have been urging the company to pursue a major cultural change, including prioritizing not doing anything "creepy" over the quest for short-term gain.
Under the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, within 72 hours of an organization learning about the data breach, it must report the breach to relevant authorities or face fines. The U.K.'s data privacy watchdog says it's already seen the volume of self-reported breaches quadruple.
Early experiments are demonstrating how blockchain, the distributed and immutable ledger behind virtual currencies, potentially could play an important role in identity management, says Avivah Litan, a Gartner Research analyst who will be a featured speaker at ISMG's Security Summit Aug. 14-15 in New York.
Hacker attacks are still dominating the data breaches added to the official federal tally so far this year. But compared to the mega-breaches of past years, this year's biggest hacks have been relatively small. Some security experts offer theories for why that's the case.