Ramping up efforts to mitigate insider threats needs to be a top 2014 priority at healthcare organizations as electronic health records become more ubiquitous, says privacy and security expert Stevie Davidson, who provides practical insights.
The breach at Target stores that may have affected as many as 40 million credit and debit card account holders is a watershed moment that could greatly raise awareness of cybersecurity risks, says privacy attorney David Navetta.
Cyberthreats increasingly target mobile devices, and simple security measures could help end-users slash these incidents by 50 percent. This is the key finding of ENISA's new Threat Landscape Report, says Louis Marinos, the prime author.
Compliance with the HIPAA Omnibus Rule, especially when dealing with business associates, is the No. 1 challenge for healthcare CISOs in 2014, says security expert Nadia Fahim-Koster. But what are the other top challenges?
Managers at all levels must understand their responsibilities in providing role-based cybersecurity training, says Patricia Toth, a computer scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Healthcare providers and their business associates need to take steps to protect patient data as they would defend any other significant business asset, says David Holtzman, a former senior official at the agency that enforces HIPAA.
The theft of 2 million credentials reminds security professionals that their organizations are at risk because many employees use the same passwords and devices for personal and business purposes, data security lawyer Ronald Raether says.
You can be outraged that the NSA collects Internet communications records of U.S. citizens. But don't be surprised, says sociologist William Staples. This is just one example of our "culture of surveillance."
Governments and others using cloud-based services should keep 10 security tips in mind, including making sure they can maintain control of their data if a service provider goes bankrupt, says Dimitra Liveri, co-author of a new report.
From a risk management perspective, the federal HealthCare.gov website should be shut down until its technical problems are fixed and end-to-end security testing is completed, says consumer advocate Christopher Rasmussen.