While 2015 will be remembered as the year of major hacker attacks in the healthcare sector, most of the health data breaches added so far this year to the official federal tally have involved blunders by insiders. That's why infosec pros need to focus on more than just mitigating hacker threats.
President Obama is creating a federal CISO post as part of a multifaceted initiative aimed at strengthening the nation's IT security. His plan includes forming a public-private Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity and boosting government cybersecurity spending by 35 percent.
Here's more evidence of how a data breach can have a major financial impact. The bill for U.K. telecom giant TalkTalk's October 2015 data breach could be as much as $94 million, and the incident resulted in the loss of 95,000 customers.
Java users are being warned to only use newly released installers to avoid a nasty potential exploit. Meanwhile, a veteran bug hunter questions whether Oracle's move to ditch Java browser plug-ins will have a significant security upside.
In this audio report, hear Homeland Security Assistant Secretary Andy Ozment attempt to assuage concerns raised by some business leaders who fear revealing corporate secrets by participating in cyberthreat information sharing. Others also weigh in on the issues.
The Office of Personnel Management is addressing three cybersecurity deficiencies identified by the agency's inspector general as contributing to a significant data breach, Beth Cobert tells a Senate panel considering her confirmation as the new OPM director.
The trend across industries is that automation results in a drastic reduction of operational job roles, even as it brings in economies of efficiency. What then does automation in security mean for the profession?
"We never negotiate" might be the expectation whenever law enforcement or government agencies get targeted by criminals or even "cyberterrorists." But outside Hollywood, the reality too often turns out to be far less rigid.
For only the second time, federal regulators have slapped a healthcare entity with a civil monetary penalty in a case involving egregious HIPAA violations. Find out why Lincare Inc. was fined after a privacy incident affecting just 278 patients.
Landry's Inc. now reveals the broad scope of point-of-service malware attacks against its restaurants and other properties dating back to 2014 and 2015. Experts discuss factors that could have contributed to the breaches.
A comprehensive review of security at the Utah Department of Health conducted in the aftermath of two data breaches, including a hacker attack, found 39 "high-impact" weaknesses. But experts say many of the cited shortcomings are common at other organizations.
When is a breach not a breach? When you can prove that sensitive data has not been accessed - even off a lost or stolen device. And the way to ensure that, says former prosecutor Stephen Treglia, is through Absolute Data & Device Security.
As the federal government moves forward with a long list of endeavors - including a "moonshot to end cancer" - focused on boosting medical innovations, it's critical that patient privacy and data security stay top of mind.