The nation's HIPAA enforcement agency has dramatically ramped up its issuance of breach-related financial penalties. In the ninth enforcement action of 2016, it slapped University of Mississippi Medical Center with a $2.75 million fine after a breach investigation revealed big security woes.
The GOP platform - adopted at the convention that nominated Donald Trump for president - doesn't mention the term 'hack back' but states: "We ... make clear that users have a self-defense right to deal with hackers as they see fit." Some cybersecurity experts claim the platform encourages "cowboy" justice.
The Chinese government likely was responsible for the hacking of computers at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in 2010, 2011 and 2013, according to a new congressional report. Also, a new audit from the FDIC inspector general criticizes the agency for continued lax information security practices.
Most ransomware attacks result in a breach of protected health information that must be reported under HIPAA, according to newly released federal guidance for healthcare entities and business associates. But is the guidance clear enough?
Omni Hotels & Resorts is warning customers that for six months, hackers infiltrated its networks and used point-of-sale malware to steal payment card data. One security expert says more than 50,000 stolen cards have been sold by a hacker called JokerStash.
Would access to better information pertaining to encryption help Congress pass good crypto-related laws? That's the impetus behind a "Digital Security Commission" and a related report being hawked by some lawmakers.
Preparing for data breaches - to detect them quickly, respond appropriately and ascertain exactly what happened - can help make the difference between a security incident having major or minor repercussions, says CrowdStrike CEO George Kurtz.
While awaiting new guidance from the HHS Office for Civil Rights, healthcare organizations can take several steps to help determine whether a ransomware attack is a reportable breach under HIPAA, says compliance attorney Betsy Hodge.
The theft of an unencrypted laptop that may have contained information on up to 400,000 inmates who served time in California prisons has been added to the federal tally of health data breaches. Experts say notifying all those potentially affected could prove challenging.
MySpace has confirmed it is resetting millions of accounts affected by the release of 360 million usernames, email addresses and passwords. According to one expert, more of these types of big breach announcements may be coming.
Since California passed its pioneering data breach notification law in 2003, many other states and some countries have followed suit. Here's a closer look at the status of breach notification requirements in four regions.
Troy Hunt, who runs one of the most prominent services for discovering if your data has been exposed in a breach, shares his thoughts on LinkedIn's recent breach and how his approach to disseminating data breach details continues to evolve.
Start preparing immediately for the EU's new General Data Protection Regulation - even though it doesn't go into force for two more years - because it mandates a number of new privacy and security requirements, warns cybersecurity expert Brian Honan.
As Europe counts down to implementing its General Data Protection Regulation, which will require EU-wide data breach notifications for the first time, similar efforts to enact a single federal law in the United States remain stalled.
LinkedIn failed to force all users to reset their passwords after a 2012 breach of at least 6.5 million credentials came to light. But it turns out the breach actually compromised 167 million accounts. Whoops.