While the director of the HHS Office for Civil Rights says HIPAA enforcement remains a top priority for the agency, obtaining enough resources to carry out its mission is an ongoing battle, says former OCR official Deven McGraw.
To the surprise of many, $120 million allocated by Congress since late 2016 to help the State Department combat foreign governments' U.S.-focused propaganda and disinformation campaigns hasn't been spent. Meanwhile, midterm U.S. elections are fast approaching.
Whoever unleashed malware built to disrupt last month's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, designed it to look like it had been executed by a group of hackers tied to North Korea. But researchers at the security firm Kaspersky Lab say any such attribution would be false.
Kaspersky Lab says it has uncovered an elegantly written piece of malware that leverages a Latvian-designed router to launch stealthy attacks. The security firm hints that the malicious code could only have come from a well-resourced attacker, but it stops short of naming one.
Regulators are struggling to keep up with the proliferation of online trading schemes. Here's the story of an Australian woman who lost AU$63,000 on a platform called Millennium-FX. She is trying to recover her money, which ended up in an account controlled by a 30-year-old Russian man who lives in Cyprus.
Penetration testing can help find vulnerabilities that aren't typically identified by scanning and other monitoring. But the testing comes with some risks, Duke Health CISO Chuck Kelser and pen tester John Nye explain in a joint interview.
A zero-day flaw in Adobe Flash, recently patched, has been targeted by a group of attackers that may have ties to North Korea as part of an apparent attempt to hack into Turkish banks, security firm McAfee warns. It notes that there are signs that financial institutions in other countries are also being targeted.
The U.S. Senate is considering a banking reform bill that would ban credit agencies' practice of charging for a credit freeze, one of the crucial steps experts say can help pre-empt identity theft. Lawmakers have been under intense pressure to create laws that better protect consumers following Equifax's data breach.
Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: America's top general says the U.S. response to Russian election interference isn't as well coordinated as it needs to be, and Pennsylvania sues Uber for failing to notify data breach victims in a timely manner.
As more data moves to the cloud, and cyberattacks multiply, organizations need to adopt an alternate paradigm of security, says Nikhil V. Bagalkotkar, a virtualization specialist at Citrix, who describes a new approach.
Recent ransomware attacks on healthcare entities have been a major security wake-up call, says Rod Piechowski, senior director of health information systems at of HIMSS, who explains what action is needed.
More than 95,000 servers that run the open source Memcached utiltity appear to remain vulnerable to being abused to launch massive DDoS attacks, with one such attack reaching a record 1.7 terabits per second. Here's how organizations and IT administrators must respond.
More healthcare organizations are "decoupling" their HIPAA compliance efforts from their cybersecurity initiatives, a sign that the sector is maturing, says security expert Axel Wirth, discussing findings of a new study by HIMSS Analytics and Symantec.