Federal regulators have slapped two more organizations with hefty HIPAA enforcement fines. They also announced increases to future HIPAA civil monetary penalties to adjust for inflation - a move some observers say could create confusion and uncertainty, given an earlier announcement about cutting penalties.
Many HIPAA enforcement actions taken by federal regulators have chastised organizations for their poor security risk assessments. In light of this ongoing challenge, HHS has released an updated version of its security risk assessment tool, which includes improved asset and vendor risk management features.
Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., is demanding that the U.S. Government Accountability Office review how the Department of Homeland Security shares personal data with contractors following several recent security incidents in which such information was exposed.
The National Cyber Security Center, the U.K.'s national computer emergency response team, investigated 658 serious cybersecurity incidents in a 12-month period and supported nearly 900 victim organizations - most of whom learned they had fallen victim after being alerted by the center.
Inadequately protected shared network storage devices at a Department of Veterans Affairs regional office left veterans' personal and health information vulnerable to ID theft, fraud and other compromises, according to a new report. Security experts say this kind of security lapse is common in other sectors.
The State Department's years-long review of former Secretary Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server found that although 38 current or former department officials violated government security policies, there was no "persuasive evidence of systemic, deliberate mishandling of classified information."
Robotic process automation aims to use machine learning to create bots that automate high-volume, repeatable tasks. But as organizations tap RPA, they must ensure they take steps to maintain data security, says Deloitte's Ashish Sharma.
Cybersecurity vendor Imperva's breach post-mortem should serve as a warning to all those using cloud services: One mistake can turn into a calamity. The company accidently left an AWS API key exposed to the internet; the key was then stolen and used to steal a sensitive customer database.
Nation-state attackers from outside the European Union pose the greatest threat to the continent's upcoming 5G networks, according to a new security assessment, which sidesteps the issue of Chinese firm Huawei's role in building these networks.
The personal data of Mississippi citizens is susceptible to breaches because many state agencies, universities and other organizations are failing to comply with all the mandates of the state's cybersecurity law, according to a report issued by the Office of the State Auditor.
Federal regulators are proposing a "safe harbor" that would permit hospitals to donate certain cybersecurity software and services to physicians. The move would modify the so-called Stark Law and federal anti-kickback regulations.
Rather than focusing solely on rankings offered by the common vulnerability scoring system, or CVSS, when setting priorities for risk mitigation, organizations need to size up the specific potential risks that vulnerabilities pose to their critical assets, according to a new report from RiskSense.
ISMG and Rapid7 kicked off a roundtable dinner series in San Francisco, where Rapid7's Scott King says the conversation showcased the challenges security leaders face in engaging business leaders to discuss risk.
Healthcare organizations can take steps to start mitigating risks while awaiting vendor software patches to address URGENT/11 IPnet vulnerabilities in their medical devices, says researcher Ben Seri of security firm Armis, which identified the flaws.
The Food and Drug Administration has issued an alert warning healthcare organizations about 11 vulnerabilities dubbed "URGENT/11" involving IPnet, a third-party software component that may introduce risks for certain medical devices and hospital networks.