The Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights has notified 167 covered entities they've been selected for remote "desk audits" of their HIPAA compliance. But the audits will focus on only a handful of requirements.
Most ransomware attacks result in a breach of protected health information that must be reported under HIPAA, according to newly released federal guidance for healthcare entities and business associates. But is the guidance clear enough?
Ransomware is devastating, and current security software doesn't do a great job of stopping it. But researchers say ransomware's behavior - quickly encrypting large volumes of files before users have time to react - could be the key to solving this epidemic.
Pokémon Go - Nintendo's new smartphone app - has been a smash hit. But the game's augmented-reality approach, and app developers' data-handling choices, have triggered security and privacy concerns as well as safety warnings.
In the wake of the controversy over Hillary Clinton's use of private email servers, President Obama voices his concerns about the state of federal government IT security in this edition of the ISMG Security Report.
Google has launched a two-year Chrome trial aimed at safeguarding the Internet against quantum computers, which security experts predict will shred all data safeguarded using current crypto techniques.
Omni Hotels & Resorts is warning customers that for six months, hackers infiltrated its networks and used point-of-sale malware to steal payment card data. One security expert says more than 50,000 stolen cards have been sold by a hacker called JokerStash.
In the wake of the Hillary Clinton email controversy, organizations need to be more aware of the risks of unsanctioned "shadow IT" and take appropriate mitigation steps, says security expert Mac McMillan.
Security firms are warning that they've seen a spike in infections tied to a virulent strain of trojanized Android adware called Shedun - a.k.a. HummingBad - that can root smartphones, survive factory resets and earn cybercriminals big money.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is in the midst of an IT transformation that spotlights security efforts ranging from enforcing the use of two-factor authentication to reducing privileged access accounts, says a new mid-year report.
A bitter battle flares up in the fiercely competitive endpoint protection products market, and uncovering the real impact over Hillary Clinton's email server. These items highlight this edition of the ISMG Security Report.
The federal tally of major health data breaches shows that to-date in 2016, there have been more reported hacker incidents than during the first half of 2015. However, so far this year, those hacks appear to be affecting fewer individuals.
Missing from the analysis and debate regarding the U.S. government's decision not to prosecute presumptive Democratic Party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for using a private email server while secretary of state is this simple fact: Secure IT systems aren't tailored to function the way people behave.
Security vendors are issuing warnings about two new types of dangerous Mac malware - Eleanor and Keydnap - which serve as a reminder that it's not just Windows users coming under fire from malicious software developers and tricksters.