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  • Using Apple Watch for EHR Access

    How Nebraska Medicine Weighs Privacy, Security Concerns Using Apple Watch for EHR Access
    Michael Ash, M.D.

    As healthcare entities embrace consumer wearable health devices, it's critical to carefully weigh patient benefits with the security and privacy risks. Michael Ash, M.D. of Nebraska Medicine, shares advice. Read more...

  • Medical Center Fraud Cases: 2 Indicted

    Federal Income Tax and Billing Fraud Alleged Medical Center Fraud Cases: 2 Indicted

    The Department of Justice has announced the indictments of two individuals in separate fraud cases affecting the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The cases spotlight the challenges healthcare organizations face in the fight against fraud. Read more...

  • Shoring Up HealthCare.gov Security

    With Obamacare's Future Solidified, Privacy Fears in Spotlight Shoring Up HealthCare.gov Security

    As hackers increasingly focus their attacks on the government and healthcare sectors, it's more critical to ensure that consumers' personal data is handled securely on Obamacare's HealthCare.gov website as well as state health insurance exchanges. Read more...

  • Website Error Leads to Data Breach

    Blue Shield of California Fixes Coding Problem Website Error Leads to Data Breach

    An error in a coding upgrade for a Blue Shield of California website resulted in a breach affecting 843 individuals. The incident is a reminder to all organizations about the importance of sound systems development life cycle practices. Read more...

  • Unencrypted Device Breaches Persist

    Health Data Breach Tally Shows String of Theft Incidents Unencrypted Device Breaches Persist

    Although hacker attacks have dominated the recent headlines, a snapshot of the federal health data breach tally shows that stolen unencrypted devices continue to be a common breach cause, although these incidents usually affect far fewer patients. Read more...

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    Phishers Felled Bitcoin Exchange

    $5 Million Bitstamp Breach Detailed in Unconfirmed Report By Mathew J. Schwartz
    Phishers Felled Bitcoin Exchange

    An unconfirmed post-breach report for bitcoin exchange Bitstamp shows the organization was targeted by a sustained attack that combined phishing via email and Skype with macro malware to successfully steal almost 19,000 bitcoins, worth $5 million.

  • Article

    Cisco to Acquire OpenDNS

    $635 Million Deal to Boost 'Internet of Things' Security By Mathew J. Schwartz
    Cisco to Acquire OpenDNS

    Cisco announced plans to pay $635 million to purchase cloud security firm OpenDNS to better secure the "Internet of Everything." OpenDNS says the acquisition will leave its products and personnel intact.

  • Interview

    PCI Encryption Standard Updated

    How Optional Standard Can Ease PCI-DSS Compliance By Tracy Kitten
    PCI Encryption Standard Updated

    The PCI Security Standards Council has just released version 2 of its point-to-point encryption standard. Jeremy King of the PCI SSC explains how this optional standard can complement PCI-DSS compliance.

  • Article

    Should BAs Be HITRUST-Certified?

    Some Covered Entities Requiring Vendors Earn Certification By Marianne Kolbasuk McGee
    Should BAs Be HITRUST-Certified?

    HITRUST says a growing number of healthcare organizations, seeking to improve risk management, are requiring that their business associates comply with its Common Security Framework. But some experts question whether that's a viable strategy.

  • Article

    OPM Suspends Background Check System

    Union Slams Agency with Class-Action Data Breach Lawsuit By Mathew J. Schwartz
    OPM Suspends Background Check System

    Following its mega-breach, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management suspends use of its online background check application system, citing a vulnerability. Also, the agency now faces a breach-related lawsuit filed on behalf of federal workers.

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