When a database breach occurs, consumer notification continues to be a public problem, and it's time for the federal government to step in, says Linda Foley, co-founder of the non-profit Identity Theft Resource Center.
With more than 220 major health information breaches reported to federal authorities so far under the HITECH Act requirements, healthcare organizations are looking for effective strategies to prevent breaches and avoid headlines. One critical element to any breach prevention strategy is beefing up network...
"With the right people, process and technology, you could be able to put a system together that would greatly reduce the impact these types of attacks have," says cybersecurity expert Eric Cole, a SANS Institute faculty fellow.
Community hospitals must become more vigilant about information security, especially as they apply for federal electronic health records incentive payments, says Chuck Christian, CIO at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, Ind.
What's embarrassing about the WikiLeaks episode isn't just the precarious position the publication of diplomatic cables put the U.S. in with its allies but the likelihood that one, low-level analyst accessed sensitive data without authorization and then leaked them.
Staff training, aggressive breach prevention efforts and strong sanctions for violating policies are key to creating a corporate culture that values privacy and security, says Alan Dowling, the new CEO of the American Health Information Management Association.