With increasing demands on healthcare organizations to quickly accommodate a surge of teleworking employees as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, IT and information security departments need to exercise security vigilance, says former healthcare CIO Drex DeFord.
As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, cybercriminals increasingly are targeting organizations that now have more remote workers and fewer IT and security staff at the ready to mitigate hacker attacks and intrusions, security experts say.
Attackers are continuing to use concerns over COVID-19 to distribute ransomware and malware, including for smartphones. The healthcare sector is perhaps at the greatest risk from these attacks because it's serving as the front-line defense against the disease.
As organizations plot their 2020 cybersecurity strategies, especially in light of privacy regulations, key data governance challenges are emerging. What are the critical issues, and how are they being addressed?
The global outbreak of COVID-19 is intensifying the already heightened threat of attacks, including phishing scams, on healthcare organizations, says attorney Lee Kim, director of privacy and security of the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society.
The Trump administration on Tuesday announced immediate limited waivers of certain HIPAA privacy provisions to help improve patient care during the growing COVID-19 pandemic. For example, it's now OK for providers to offer telehealth services through certain applications that allow for video chats.
With U.S. stock markets suffering their worst day since 1987 on Monday, most technology firms took a hit as Wall Street continues to be rattled by the COVID-19 crisis. Experts predict this will drive fresh waves of consolidation and M&A in the cybersecurity market, as well as growth in hot areas.
Checkmarx, an Israeli security company that has made its mark in DevOps and application security testing, soon will have a new owner. Private equity firm Insight Partners is selling the company to another private equity firm, Hellman & Friedman, in a $1.15 billion deal.
The ACLU has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Department Of Homeland Security and three of its agencies in an effort to learn more about how the department uses facial recognition technology at airports and the country's borders.
In cybersecurity circles, multi-factor authentication today is considered table stakes. Yet, many organizations and users are hesitant to embrace MFA because of friction or other concerns. Corey Nachreiner and Marc Laliberte of WatchGuard Technologies dispel some of the MFA myths.
The COVID-19 pandemic present new challenges to healthcare IT and security teams, including the need to reassess and adjust business continuity plans, says Christopher Frenz, who leads information security at New York's Interfaith Medical Center. He's chair of an industry committee that developed guidance.
It's no exaggeration to say that, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we now have the largest-ever global remote workforce. And with it comes an expanded attack surface that requires extra attention. Phil Reitinger of the Global Cyber Alliance shares five tips for securing the remote workforce.