The federal agency that enforces HIPAA has been very busy lately, taking numerous steps to reiterate the importance of safeguarding patient data and stressing the need to prepare a breach response plan. But the agency still needs to improve transparency on breaches involving business associates.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced legislation to encourage agencies to use secure cloud computing services as an alternative to continued reliance on legacy systems, which some government officials and IT security practitioners say puts data at risk.
Oregon Health & Science University says it has been slapped with a $2.7 million fine after HHS investigated two data breaches that affected a total of about 7,000 individuals. It's the eighth HIPAA-related settlement announced by HHS so far this year.
Some healthcare entities may be more likely than organizations in other sectors to pay extortionists to unlock data that's been encrypted in ransomware attacks because patients' lives are potentially at risk if data is unavailable, says security expert Kate Borten, who discusses risk management issues.
As CSO and CTO of Arbor Networks, Sam Curry is in a rare position: He can set security strategy and then go out and find the tools to execute it. Where does the human factor enter the equation, and how must we re-think our traditional strategies?
"The Dark Overlord," a hacker who has been advertising batches of personal and medical records supposedly stolen from U.S. healthcare organizations, claims to have a new victim: a large developer of healthcare software.
A recent interview about Hillary Clinton's email server controversy drew numerous comments, with respondents divided over whether users will devise ways to circumvent systems safeguards to do their jobs more effectively. Join the conversation.
There's often a dangerous trade-off made between convenience and security. That's illustrated no better than by a recent issue patched by Microsoft. It's an attack so devilishly smooth that it's a wonder hackers had not figured it out before.
While many banks and merchants in Britain, France and Germany have long complied with the PCI Data Security Standard, deregulation has led organizations in other European countries to start taking PCI compliance more seriously and use it for competitive advantage.
The Chinese government likely was responsible for the hacking of computers at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in 2010, 2011 and 2013, according to a new congressional report. Also, a new audit from the FDIC inspector general criticizes the agency for continued lax information security practices.
How low will ransomware go? New malware - dubbed Ranscam - demands bitcoins to unlock files, but in reality they've already been deleted, researchers warn. As always when it comes to defending against ransomware, preparation pays.
The Obama administration has unveiled a federal cybersecurity workforce strategy that calls for identifying, recruiting, developing, retaining and expanding "the best, brightest and most diverse cybersecurity talent" for federal service. But are those goals realistic?
Most ransomware attacks result in a breach of protected health information that must be reported under HIPAA, according to newly released federal guidance for healthcare entities and business associates. But is the guidance clear enough?
Ransomware is devastating, and current security software doesn't do a great job of stopping it. But researchers say ransomware's behavior - quickly encrypting large volumes of files before users have time to react - could be the key to solving this epidemic.
In the wake of the controversy over Hillary Clinton's use of private email servers, President Obama voices his concerns about the state of federal government IT security in this edition of the ISMG Security Report.