Enforcing patients' rights under HIPAA to access their health information - including via health apps - is a top policy initiative at the HHS Office for Civil Rights, Director Roger Severino said in a Wednesday presentation. He also said a $2.1 million HIPAA penalty would be announced soon.
Ransomware is once again the most common illicit profit-making tool in online attackers' arsenal, police warn. Security firm Emsisoft says the most-seen strains in recent months include STOP, Dharma .cezar, Phobos, GlobeImposter 2.0 and Sodinokibi. Less widely seen Ryuk also continues to generate big profits.
Large or small, enterprises from all sectors are dealing with the same vulnerabilities in open source code. The difference: the scale of the problem. DJ Schleen of Sonatype discusses insights from the latest ISMG roundtable dinner.
The not-for-profit Libra Association, which would govern Facebook's new Libra cryptocurrency, launched Monday despite Visa, MasterCard and others dropping their participation. Meanwhile, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is scheduled to testify before Congress next week to address concerns about the project.
Pitney Bowes says it was infected by file-encrypting malware that has affected online accounts and mailing products but that client data doesn't appear to be at risk. The postage meter maker says "all options" are being considered for recovery, meaning that it could pay a ransom.
What's the purpose of ISO 27701, the new privacy extension to the ISO 27001 information security management standard? Matthieu Grall, CISO and DPO at SodiFrance, a French IT services company, who participated in development of 27701, explains the standard and discusses "privacy by design" compliance issues.
Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed into law six amendments to the California Consumer Privacy Act as well as another bill updating the state's long-standing data breach law. Meanwhile, draft CCPA implementation regulations have been unveiled.
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health inadvertently exposed on its website the records of thousands of hepatitis patients, according to a local news report. The incident points to the need for better staff training, one expert says.
Cybersecurity vendor Imperva's breach post-mortem should serve as a warning to all those using cloud services: One mistake can turn into a calamity. The company accidently left an AWS API key exposed to the internet; the key was then stolen and used to steal a sensitive customer database.
Nation-state attackers from outside the European Union pose the greatest threat to the continent's upcoming 5G networks, according to a new security assessment, which sidesteps the issue of Chinese firm Huawei's role in building these networks.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes Twitter's repurposing of user phone numbers for targeted advertising. Plus: A discussion of 5G security issues and findings of the Internet Organized Crime Threat Assessment.
How might a national unique patient identifier improve the accuracy of patient record matching and potentially help address identity fraud? Julie Dooling of the American Healthcare Information Management Association - which has been lobbying for the development of such an ID - makes the case.
Online attack threats continue to intensify, with criminals preferring ransomware, DDoS attacks and business email compromises, warns Europol, the EU's law enforcement intelligence agency. After numerous successful disruptions by police, criminals have responded by launching increasingly complex attacks.
To ensure privacy is protected, governments need to make sure standards and regulations keep pace with the latest technology developments, including facial recognition and other forms of artificial intelligence, says Steven Feldstein, an associate professor at Boise State University.