To prepare for next year's resumption of HIPAA compliance audits, organizations must be ready to demonstrate how they're complying with the revised breach notification rule and how they're providing patients with electronic access to records, says attorney David Holtzman.
If there's one thing federal regulators want to drill into the heads of covered entities and business associates about data breach prevention, it's this: Stop procrastinating, and conduct a risk analysis and encrypt most of your computing devices right away.
Mozilla, which maintains the Firefox browser, says an attacker infiltrated its bug-tracking tools, stole information on an unpatched flaw, and exploited users for at least three weeks, before the flaw was patched.
Sony Pictures Entertainment has reached a tentative deal to settle a class-action lawsuit filed against it, stemming from its 2014 data breach, which resulted in the leak of personal information for up to 50,000 employees.
FDA official Suzanne Schwartz, M.D., expects more medical device security vulnerabilities to come to light in the year ahead. The FDA soon will issue new guidance addressing the cybersecurity of medical devices already in use.
The HHS Office for Civil Rights is getting closer to resuming the HIPAA compliance audit program, says OCR Director Jocelyn Samuels. Plus, OCR has completed another major breach-related settlement, and it's firming up plans for several new compliance-related initiatives.
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management promises that it will soon notify 21.5 million individuals that their background-check information was breached. Meanwhile, the government has lined up notification and response services for future needs.
Government agencies used to be the top attack target, as well as the top source of threat intelligence. How did the private sector turn the tables, and what can government do to improve? Rapid7's Wade Woolwine offers insight.
More hackers are exploiting remote-access and network vulnerabilities, rather than installing malware to invade networks and exfiltrate data, says Dell SecureWorks' researcher Phil Burdette. That's why conventional breach-detection tools aren't catching the intrusions.
Policymakers must consider three factors before imposing sanctions in retaliation for state-backed hacks: Confidence in its attribution of responsibility, the impact of the incident and the levers of national power at a state's disposal.
When it comes to healthcare payments, fraud tends to come in two flavors: Organized and opportunistic. What are the biggest gaps in detecting and preventing these schemes? IBM's Robert McGinley shares insight.
If malware infections and data breaches are inevitable, then why should organizations even try to be proactive? Isn't a reactive stance more appropriate? Not so, says Marcin Kleczynski, CEO of Malwarebytes.
Underground cybercrime forums continue to evolve, offering services ranging from cybercrime toolkits and money laundering to bulletproof hosting and a service that reviews exfiltrated data for corporate secrets, says cybersecurity analyst Tom Kellermann of Trend Micro.
What do federal regulators have to say about the current state of health data security and privacy? And what are the top priorities of the new federal point person for HIPAA enforcement? Find out by following our coverage of an HHS/NIST security conference this week.