Privacy and security leaders, including John Houston at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, are evaluating the changes needed to comply with the HIPAA omnibus final rule. Find out what's on their to-do lists.
A memorandum issued to Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller says the chieftains of America's largest corporations support more coordination on IT security between government and business.
A Montreal computer science student accessed, without authorization, an IT system to check if a software vulnerability he discovered had been remedied. This case raises the question: When, if ever, is such unauthorized action justified?
Using technology to prevent breaches is insufficient. Security leaders also must address the human factor, making sure staff members receive appropriate training on clear-cut policies - before it's too late.
Managing advanced persistent threats will be a priority throughout 2013, says RSA CISO Eddie Schwartz. How should organizations defend themselves against APTs and the year's other top security threats?
"We're going to have to find a way to address the interests of other states to ... find common ground," Secretary of State John Kerry says. "We're just going to have to dig into it a lot deeper. I don't have a magic silver bullet to throw at you here today."
As the National Institutes of Health ramps up research projects involving human genomes, electronic health records and other sensitive data, it's exploring the best ways to protect that data, says research director Eric Green, M.D., PhD.
The new omnibus rule makes it clear that business associates must comply with HIPAA. And the latest additions to the federal health data breach tally put a spotlight on why some BAs need to improve patient data protection.
The proposal, in the form of a bill, lays out a framework that can balance the needs and concerns of government and the private sector and keep Americans safe, says Sen. Tom Carper, one of the measure's chief sponsors.
As a growing number of enterprises turn to cloud computing, the government could reclassify the cloud as a critical infrastructure, putting it on par with electrical grids, public-health networks and banking systems. Will regulations follow?
Attendees at the first of two "town hall" online meetings about secure health information exchange said standards are needed to help build trust that patient information will remain private, secure and reliable. Find out more about their top concerns.