Smaller hospitals and clinics soon will get some extra guidance from federal regulators about preparing risk assessments. But a federal advisory group has urged the Department of Health and Human Services to offer far more guidance on a variety of information security issues.
With many questions left unanswered regarding comprehensive cybersecurity legislation, the future seems bleak. But there's hope, says Jacob Olcott, a former top Capitol Hill staffer on cybersecurity matters.
Deven McGraw, co-chair of the Privacy and Security Tiger Team that's advising federal healthcare regulators, explains why she's frustrated by delays in rolling out new regulations to protect electronic health records and safeguard the exchange of patient information.
Healthcare organizations should carefully document all necessary breach investigation and notification actions and responsibilities to avoid chaos when an incident occurs, says Dawn Morgenstern, privacy official at the Walgreens national drugstore chain.
2011 has offered quite a number of tough lessons for security professionals. Here at (ISC)2, where security education is our focus, the close of another year raises the old teacher's question: "What have we learned, class?"
One key reason why encryption isn't more widely used in healthcare is that some information technology specialists have outdated perceptions about the technology, contends security expert Melodi Mosely Gates.
The bring-your-own-device trend is increasing, but work-place policies are not. ISACA's Ken Vander Wal says low employee awareness and the absence of any BYOD policy are to blame. So what can organizations do to fill their security gaps?