Two years after a massive breach that exposed the personal information of some 21.5 million individuals, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management continues to labor in its attempt to guarantee the security of its information systems.
The recent WannaCry ransomware campaign has led to more healthcare organizations paying closer attention to cybersecurity and the latest threats, says Lee Kim of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.
Trump Hotels is warning customers that payment card data at 14 of its properties was compromised during a seven-month breach that affected service-provider Sabre. Other affected chains include Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Loews Hotels.
The workforce of information security analysts in the United States has exceeded 100,000 for the first time, more than doubling since the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics began publishing full-year statistics for the occupation category in 2012.
Although the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is phasing out its chief privacy officer position, a focus on data security and privacy will continue to be interwoven into all the work the office does, including electronic health record interoperability efforts, the head of the office pledges.
Russian-born Alexander Tverdokhlebov has been sentenced to serve nine years in U.S. prison after pleading guilty to causing damages of between $9.5 million and $25 million by running botnets, using malware to steal payment card data, selling "dumps" of that data as well as hiring money mules.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report leads off with a multi-part report explaining why President Donald Trump sought to create a joint U.S.-Russian cybersecurity unit and then backed off. Also, ransomware's impact on emergency services providers.
Kudos to the breached business - in this case, kiosk manufacturer Avanti Markets - that quickly alerts victims and gives them actionable information for protecting themselves. Unfortunately, not all breached businesses are so forthright, as some recent data leaks demonstrate.
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.
Avanti Markets is warning 1.6 million users of its self-service kiosk vending machines that malware-wielding hackers infected about 1,900 of its machines and stole names and payment card data, but not biometric information. Point-of-sale malware called Poseidon appears to be involved.
President Donald Trump backtracked on a pledge that the United States and Russia would work together to improve global cybersecurity by forming a joint working group after his proposal was criticized by both Republican and Democratic lawmakers.
Although it's important to work with law enforcement after a data breach, organizations need to be careful about what information they share, says attorney Ruth Promislow, partner at Bennett Jones LLP.