Prompted by the WikiLeaks breach, President Obama has issued a memorandum directing federal agencies to implement minimum standards to protect vast amounts of classified data on government computers, networks and systems from insiders.
Rules for Stage 3 of the HITECH Act electronic health record incentive program are in the works. Find out how to provide feedback on the proposed privacy and security provisions, including authentication requirements.
Farzad Mostashari, who heads the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, told a House panel that the HITECH incentive program is on track to achieve its goals of widespread adoption of EHRs and secure data interchange.
NIST issues its interagency report on supply chain practices as a congressional panel cautions against using Chinese-made components that some lawmakers fear might have been altered to spy on Western governments and businesses.
Despite numerous data breaches, as well as financial incentives and penalties, many healthcare organizations aren't taking risk assessment requirements seriously. Experts offer insights on best practices.
An important lesson in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy is the need to beef up contingency plans, including making sure staff members are cross-trained, says Deborah Kobza, CEO of the National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center.
Incorporating new concepts such as security-control overlays and placing a renewed emphasis on information assurance, the forthcoming guidance is 'a total rewrite' from the 2009 version, NIST's Ron Ross says.