President Obama has not yet reviewed the draft of a proposed executive order to create a process to establish IT security best practices that private owners of critical infrastructure could voluntarily adopt, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano says.
The HHS Office of Inspector General plans to scrutinize whether any HITECH Act electronic health record incentive payments have been inappropriately issued and review HIPAA compliance enforcement efforts.
A group of highly respected IT security thought leaders is calling on the Obama administration to exercise existing powers to strengthen the processes the federal government employs to secure its information systems.
Because the nation lacks a single patient ID system, misidentification of patients is a danger when providers exchange records. That's why HIMSS has asked Congress to commission a patient data matching study.
Imagine sitting in a bar, as a stranger snaps a photo of you, and then uses that image to find out who you are using facial recognition technology. It's the type of practice that the staff of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission wants to discourage.
Employing cloud computing services could help organizations defend against the type of distributed denial of service attacks that have temporarily crippled the online service of major American banks, says NIST's Matthew Scholl.
State health insurance exchanges now in the formative stages should consider security practices widely used in online banking, says Bryce Williams, CEO at Extend Health, a commercial online health insurance exchange.