B. Vindell Washington, M.D., the new head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, pledges that the agency's top priority of advancing standards-based interoperable, secure health data exchange will continue under his leadership. But what will happen once a new president is elected?
The recent hacker attack targeting the drug records of Olympic athletes, as well as other breaches involving high-profile targets, highlight the challenges involved in protecting sensitive data from external attackers or malicious insiders driven by political and other causes, says security expert Sean Curran.
The handling of a recent data breach - the details of which are still unfolding - by Oakland, Calif.-based web services company Regpack provides a look into how the discovery and disclosure of a breach can turn into a real train wreck.
The Department of Health and Human Services is gearing up for its first-ever round of HIPAA compliance audits of business associates, and is also developing new guidance aimed at helping organizations deal with a surge in cyber threats.
All in the family: A "sophisticated attacker" alert from US-CERT, urging enterprises to lock down their networking gear, was triggered by the leak of exploit tools - targeting, in part, U.S.-built networking gear - that may have been tied to the NSA.
Fancy Bear strikes again: the suspected Russian hacking group released confidential medical records for four U.S. Olympic athletes, falsely contending the documents prove illegal drug use by the Olympians.
Is recently issued guidance from federal healthcare regulators clarifying when a ransomware attack needs to be reported starting to have an impact? Two recent breach notifications could be an early indication that the answer is yes.
The massive Sony breach spelled out the risks facing any business that deals in digital content. Here's how David Hahn, CISO of publishing giant Hearst, keeps the cybersecurity conversation going with his board of directors.
Two men have been arrested by Israeli police, at the request of the FBI, in connection with an investigation into the vDos site, which provided distributed denial-of-service - a.k.a. stresser or booter - attacks on demand.
SentinelOne, one of a batch of vendors using machine learning to conquer malware, says it will not integrate its behavioral detection engine into Google's VirusTotal service. CEO Tomer Weingarten claims the investment wouldn't provide a worthwhile return.
Recent data breaches involving mental health and substance abuse information highlight some of the special challenges that organizations can face in protecting extra-sensitive patient records. In one incident, stolen patient data was reportedly posted on the dark web.
Two men allegedly tied to the hacking group "Crackas With Attitude" have been arrested as part of an investigation into hacks of U.S. government systems and senior government officials, including CIA Director John Brennan's personal AOL email account.
Cyber threat information sharing in the healthcare sector urgently needs to be standardized so organizations can take appropriate action based on the intelligence, says Jeffrey Vinson, CISO of Harris Health System, who discusses findings emerging from ongoing federally funded research.