None of the agencies surveyed by GAO could precisely enumerate the number of IT security personnel they employed. In fact, estimates within agencies varied widely, based on who was reporting and analyzing employment data.
Dan Waddell of Tantus Technologies says giving back to the community is every information security professional's responsibility. And with the insurgence of cybercrime affecting all walks of life, now is the ideal time to get started.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology is offering a free online HIPAA Security Rule Toolkit, a self-assessment tool that's designed to help healthcare organizations and their business associates comply with the rule.
Information security threats - especially to critical infrastructures and from nation-states - are evolving. But security education curricula are struggling to keep pace, according to Eugene Spafford, renowned information security professor at Purdue University.
In addition to the negative publicity associated with being included on the federal tally of major health information breaches, some organizations are experiencing yet another impact of breaches: class action lawsuits.
The ongoing delay in the release of final versions of HIPAA modifications and the HIPAA breach notification rule makes it more difficult for healthcare organizations to set information security investment priorities, says hospital privacy officer Kari Myrold.
Ongoing HIPAA compliance training is key to breach prevention, says Terrell Herzig of UAB Medicine. Yet many healthcare organizations are lacking in their efforts, according to results from the Healthcare Information Security Today survey.
Virtual Radiologic Professionals, LLC notified individuals about a stolen laptop taken from an employee's car. By corporate policy, the laptop's hard drive was supposed to be encrypted, but something went wrong.
The Department of Health and Human Services says more than 100,000 primary care providers have signed up through regional extension centers to adopt electronic health records. But what does this mean in the EHR big picture?