To guard against health data breaches, healthcare organizations must demand more proof that their business associates are safeguarding patient data and mitigating related risks, says privacy and security expert Daniel Schroeder.
Police in Britain have arrested a 21-year-old man on suspicion of "hacking offenses" related to the breach of Hong Kong toymaker VTech. Separately, the CEO of hacked London telco TalkTalk testified about her organization's security before Parliament.
A security researcher warns he was able to find online "sensitive account details" for 13 million users of MacKeeper. The software was the focus of a recently settled class-action lawsuit - alleging deceptive advertising and false claims.
As the cyberthreats facing the healthcare sector grow ever more sophisticated, CIO John Halamka, M.D., says organizations must launch aggressive security initiatives, including investing in analytics to improve breach detection, plus two other critical steps.
GOP presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina proposes standing up a centralized cyber command that would be responsible for all aspects of government IT security response. But such a plan could face resistance in Congress if it gives the military authority over federal civilian cybersecurity.
In its sixth HIPAA resolution agreement so far in 2015, the HHS Office for Civil Rights has announced a settlement with the University of Washington Medicine that includes a $750,000 penalty. It's the first HIPAA enforcement case stemming from the investigation of a phishing-related breach.
Twitter has issued its first-ever alerts to some users that they may have been "targeted by state-sponsored actors." Some cryptographers, software developers and security experts say they have received the alerts.
Check fraud - it not only won't go away, but it is morphing to keep pace with consumers' digital banking habits. David Barnhardt of Early Warning talks about this persistent fraud threat and how banking institutions should respond to it.
Security experts are warning that Internet-connected devices - including toys - should be treated as insecure and untrusted until proven otherwise. Have our collective information security shortcomings ever been more seasonally appropriate - or scarier?
New details emerging about a breach involving a former Morgan Stanley employee illustrate how a case of inappropriate access to data can blossom into something much more serious. The case shines a spotlight on the urgent need to mitigate insider threats.
The recent discovery of stacks of paper patient records in dumpsters at an Ohio recycling center offers an important reminder: Any effort to safeguard patient information must include not just high-tech breach prevention measures but also proper policies on the disposal of paper records.
Two new malware reports - one from security researchers at technology giant Cisco, another from cybersecurity firm FireEye - demonstrate how developers continue to refine malicious code to maximize information-stealing and extortion potential.
Passage of cyberthreat information-sharing legislation could hinge on how the measure is presented to Congress, and its fate could be tied to a massive omnibus appropriations bill to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal 2016.
A federal audit of three California Medi-Cal (Medicaid) managed care organizations found dozens of "high risk" security control vulnerabilities. But security experts say the problems identified, unfortunately, are common throughout the healthcare sector.
A former U.S. State Department employee has pleaded guilty to running a "sextortion" scheme from the U.S. Embassy in London that was designed to compel young women to share sexually explicit photographs, according to the FBI.