About 4.9 million patients treated in San Antonio area military treatment facilities since 1992 have been affected by a health information breach involving the theft of backup tapes for electronic health records.
With the announcement of a breach affecting 4.9 million patients in the Defense Department's TRICARE healthcare program, there have now been five incidents that each affected at least 1 million individuals since the HIPAA breach notification rule took effect.
Melissa Hathaway doubts Congress will enact a cybersecurity law. "I fear we will continue to watch the bills 'sit here and wait, while a few key congressmen sit and debate. It's not easy to become a law," she writes, citing a kid's jingle.
In the areas of risk management and business continuity, security professionals have advanced significantly since Sept. 11, 2001. But there's still an issue of complacency that needs to be addressed, says Rolf von Roessing, past international vice president of ISACA.
Only one of three national breach notification bills that won approval in the Senate Judiciary Committee last week would address a gap in protections for healthcare information, says Harley Geiger of the Center for Democracy & Technology.
Former CIA lawyer and senior congressional staffer Suzanne Spaulding will assume the Federal Protective Service, Infrastructure Protection, Risk Management and U.S.-Visit portfolios. Current Acting Deputy Undersecretary Greg Schaffer will oversee cybersecurity.
Federal authorities deserve credit for adding privacy and security details to the final version of the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, several observers say. But some still believe the document doesn't go far enough in spelling out specific action steps and priorities.
Information security poses a major challenge to the widespread adoption of cloud computing, yet the Cloud Security Alliance, an association of cloud stakeholders, sees the cloud as a provider of information security services.