We all know the cost of regulatory compliance - how expensive it can be to meet the standards of HIPAA, HITECH and other industry guidelines. But two organizations this week learned hard lessons about the cost of non-compliance.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights entered into a resolution agreement with the University of California at Los Angeles Health System to settle violations of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules.
RSA customers who feel victimized by last March's breach of the security vendor's computers have viable options that include continued use of the SecurID authentication tokens, those offered by competitors, or something entirely different: biometrics.
The use of social media raises risk management issues, and education is the key to overcoming the common misperception that "you can say anything you want on social media and not have any consequences," says compliance specialist Roy Snell.
"Professionals like me now understand that we are the ambassadors for ethical behavior and should actively encourage other employees to adhere to it," says Alessandro Moretti, a senior risk and security executive.
When it comes to qualifying for HITECH Act electronic health record incentive payments, Fallon Clinic is a trailblazer. It's also leading the way in its EHR security initiatives designed to protect patient privacy.
People's view of cybersecurity will need to broaden over the next few years, says IT expert Robert Brammer. That's why a consortium has been established to conduct research on the security of computer systems, as well as other areas where computerization has excelled.