In its third enforcement action in recent weeks, federal regulators have hit a Colorado medical center with a HIPAA fine in a case involving failure to terminate a former employee's remote access to patient data. Other organizations can use the case as a "teachable moment," one attorney advises.
Breach victims who sign up for free fraud-monitoring services from breached businesses that lost control of their data often sign away their right to join class-action lawsuits or pursue other legal actions, and Marriott proved to be no exception, following its mega-breach. But it now appears to be backing off.
Is there anything better than being offered one year of "free" identity theft monitoring? Regularly offered with strings attached by organizations that mishandled your personal details, the efficacy and use of such services looks set for a U.S. Government Accountability Office review.
The lack of strong encryption in Philips' HealthSuite Health Android app leaves the mobile health software vulnerable to hacking, according to a new advisory issued by the medical device manufacturer and an alert from the Department of Homeland Security.
Google says a buggy API update it pushed last month for its soon-to-be-mothballed Google+ social network exposed personal information for 52.2 million users. The data-exposure alert arrives just two months after Google admitted that a March problem with the same API exposed data for 500,000 users.
The massive data breach suffered by Equifax in 2017 "was entirely preventable," according to a report released by the House Oversight Committee's Republican majority. Some Democratic lawmakers have slammed the report for failing to advance legislative or oversight changes to help prevent breaches.
Hackers have been plugging inexpensive hardware into banks' local area networks to help perpetrate heists that have stolen tens of millions of dollars, warns Kaspersky Lab. It says that since 2017, the "DarkVishnya" attack campaign has hit at least eight Eastern European banks.
Victims of the massive Marriott International data breach, which exposed data for 500 million customers, including some passport numbers, may be able to claim reimbursement for the cost of obtaining a replacement passport, provided they can prove it led to fraud.
The marketers would have us believe that machine learning and behavioral analytics are the keys to unlocking the future of healthcare information security. But Vikrant Arora, CISO of the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, offers a more practical outlook.
The U.K.'s privacy watchdog says that six months after enforcement of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation began, it's seen a dramatic increase in data breach reports - as well as privacy complaints from the public.
As regulators increasingly focus on third-party risk, healthcare organizations are entering more strategic partnerships with their critical vendors. And the effort is paying off with improved vendor risk management, says Mitch Parker, CISO of Indiana University Health System.
Credential abuse attacks and identity theft incidents are rising, with attackers leveraging botnets to launch coordinated campaigns with high success rates, says Aseem Ahmed of Akamai Technologies, who shares best practices for mitigating the threats.
Yet another cyberattack against a cloud-based electronic health records vendor has been revealed. This one involved a ransomware attack that potentially exposed data on 16,000 patients of a California eye clinic. What can healthcare organizations do to minimize vendor risks?