Recent data breaches in Washington state and Florida illustrate that government health agencies can be just as vulnerable to security incidents involving sloppy breach prevention or detection practices as healthcare organizations in the private sector.
Healthcare organizations are well aware of the importance of data security. Each year over 65 million people are affected by data breaches, costing healthcare providers approximately $6 billion. And these numbers continue to grow, putting them at risk for violating HIPAA and HITECH regulations, litigation and loss of...
A House committee is seeking information about security breaches at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in the wake of a former employee "inadvertently' departing the agency with a storage device that contained sensitive data on more than 44,000 individuals.
Security experts are once again warning all Flash users to either update or uninstall the browser plug-in software to protect themselves against active exploit kit attacks that are targeting a zero-day Flash flaw to install ransomware.
As the threat of malware infections, especially those involving ransomware, grows, organizations need to balance their perimeter-based security practices with an "intrusion tolerance" strategy that helps ensure a quick recovery, says medical device cybersecurity expert Kevin Fu.
The continuing success of attackers stealing billions of dollars from organizations, often through simple business email compromise scams, is a sad commentary on the state of corporate security practices as well as our collective lack of cybersecurity smarts.
Organizations spend over 10 percent of their IT budgets on security, yet breaches continue to rise. Much of the problem revolves around the fact that most organizations have countless point tools, most of which don't work together to keep the organization secure and responsive.
A court has approved settlement of a class-action lawsuit filed by employees of Sony Pictures in the wake of its massive 2014 breach. But some legal experts say the consumer protections provided in the settlement do not go much beyond what the company should have routinely provided to victims in the wake of a breach.
Health insurer Anthem, the victim of a massive hacker attack, failed in its effort to persuade a court to allow it to inspect certain customers' computers to help it fight a class-action lawsuit tied to the breach. Why did Anthem make the move? And what issues does it raise?
Government auditors question the effectiveness of a U.S. military response to aid civil authorities during cyber-related emergencies because it's unclear which one of two defense units would lead such operations.
What steps can organizations take to help ensure they're not the next victim of a ransomware attack? Technology expert Craig Musgrave of The Doctors Company, which offers cyber insurance, identifies the top priorities.
As Medstar Health completes its recovery from a recent malware attack that led to a temporary shutdown of most of its systems, other U.S. hospitals continue to struggle with similar attacks, many of them involving ransomware. What risk mitigation steps are most essential?
Luxury hotel chain Trump Hotels is investigating a possible breach that some security sources say targeted the chain's point-of-service system. If confirmed, it will be the second card breach suffered by the chain in less than a year.
The massive "Panama Papers" data leak apparently was enabled by a law firm failing to have the right information security defenses in place. The breach calls attention to the need for all organizations to encrypt sensitive data, use access controls as well as monitor access patterns for signs of data exfiltration.