In the five years since the HITECH Act was signed into law, there have been some major successes and disappointments concerning health information security and privacy, says Joy Pritts of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
A hot topic among U.S. federal government security managers and other infosec pros is developing a process to vet mobile applications. The National Institute of Standards and Technology is offering a solution called AppVet.
As 10 regional health information exchanges in New York become interconnected into a statewide network, consistency in core privacy and security policies is proving essential, says David Whitlinger, executive director of the statewide initiative.
Following a data breach, sensitive information, including credit card data, is often sold through the underground economy. Security experts discuss why it's so difficult to shut down online criminal forums.
A George Mason University research fellow says the cybersecurity framework, issued earlier this year by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, is likely to cause more problems than it solves.
A data breach at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, which already has resulted in a lawsuit, compromised information on as many as 27,000 employees and led to 788 workers falling victim to tax fraud.
Verizon's latest annual breach report shows that Web application attacks increased more than malware-fueled point-of-sale intrusions in 2013, says analyst Dave Ostertag, who provides an overview of the report's findings.
A draft of revised guidance from NIST drops a cryptographic algorithm the NSA is said to have used to circumvent encryption that shields much of global commerce, banking systems, medical records and Internet communications.