Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: An interview with the head of a new cyber initiative to help political campaigns and local, state and federal election officials safeguard America's electoral process. Also, analyzing the evolving characteristics of the healthcare breach.
Nuance has issued an unusual public letter to customers explaining why the medical transcription services vendor has decided not to report the NotPetya malware attack on the company to federal regulators as HIPAA breach. How did Nuance make its determination?
A hacker attack on a women's healthcare clinic that impacted 300,000 patients ranks as the second largest ransomware-related health data breach reported to federal regulators. Why did it take months before the clinic detected the malware?
HHS has made changes to a website widely referred to as the "wall of shame" that lists major health data breaches. The changes came after some members of Congress complained that the website unfairly exposes breached organizations to endless public scrutiny.
Two GOP senators are asking federal regulators to recoup potentially millions of dollars worth of allegedly inappropriate EHR incentive payments made under the HITECH Act. If the money is clawed back, what's the potential impact on data security spending?
Regulators will not penalize healthcare providers that attested to meeting HITECH Act "meaningful use" incentive payment requirements using electronic health records from eClinicalWorks, a vendor that recently settled a false claims case with federal prosecutors.
Healthcare organizations that rely too heavily on HIPAA compliance are coming up short when it comes to security, says Jennings Aske, an attorney who's CISO at New York-Presbyterian. A far better approach, he says, is to rely on the NIST cybersecurity framework or other comprehensive frameworks.
With the exception of one large theft incident involving an insider, hacker attacks - including some involving ransomware - continue to be the leading culprits in the biggest health data breaches reported so far this year. What's next?
Healthcare providers have always been attractive targets for data breaches. Why? The value of a health record is high. According to Reuters, health records are 10 to 20 times more valuable than credit card numbers.
Since healthcare providers depend heavily on patient information, ransomware protection is critical....
A settlement between the state of New York and a company that provides support services to the healthcare sector serves as a reminder about timely breach notification, including in circumstances when law enforcement agencies are investigating an incident.
Writing the obituary for the lifeless Neutrino exploit kit leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also, judging the value of the Department of Health and Human Services' wall-of-shame website of healthcare sector breaches.
Is it time for the Department of Health and Human Services to change the so-called "wall of shame" website used to report large health data breaches as mandated under the HITECH Act? And if so, what should be changed?
A watchdog agency's estimate that as much as $729 million worth of HITECH Act incentive payments might have been paid to doctors who failed to provide proof that they were meeting requirements for meaningful use of EHRs - including risk assessments - is raising questions about the program's accountability.
HHS has issued a checklist and other materials to aid healthcare organizations and their vendors in their "quick response" to cyberattacks. The move comes as Congress scrutinizes HHS' efforts to help the healthcare sector improve its cybersecurity capabilities.