There was good news and bad news in the reporting of major health information breaches in the past month. The good news: Only four incidents were added to the official federal tally. The bad news: One of those incidents affected 400,000 individuals.
The Privacy and Security Tiger Team is spelling out best practices for giving patients clear and simple guidance regarding how to safeguard electronic health records when downloading them from a hospital or a clinic.
"Technological innovation (has) proven to be an overwhelming force for good; however, transnational criminal organizations have taken advantage of our increasingly interconnected world to expand their illicit enterprises," President Obama says.
Dickie George of the National Security Agency has one word to describe the state of information security education today: "Spotty." And this state must improve if we hope to fill all the growing demand for security pros.
It is no longer enough for information security professionals to secure critical information. They also need to be asking about the legitimacy of where this information comes from, says John Colley, managing director of (ISC)2 in EMEA.
HealthcareInfoSecurity has launched its inaugural Healthcare Information Security Today survey gauging top trends, threats and priorities for hospitals, clinics, health plans and integrated delivery systems.
If enacted,the bill that's heading to the House floor would require increased coordination and prioritization of federal cybersecurity R&D activities and the development of cybersecurity technical standards. It also would strengthen cybersecurity education and talent development and promote industry partnership...
NIST's Ron Ross points out that its seminal security control guidance, Special Publication 800-53, contains only one privacy control, requiring agencies to conduct a privacy impact assessment. That will change by year's end.
A new consumer survey suggests healthcare organizations still have a long way to go in educating patients about the benefits of electronic health records and easing their concerns about security issues.
The U.S. government wants to move many services online, but the inability to authenticate customers and develop Trusted Identities has kept agencies from making the transition. This is a problem that could soon be resolved, says Mike Ozburn, principal of Booz Allen Hamilton.
"These are projects that were already...