Disclosing that it fulfilled only 11 percent of the requests for customer information from U.S. law enforcement agencies during the second half of 2013, Microsoft reiterates its call for an international framework that protects customers' rights.
A federal advisory panel has prepared recommendations for security and privacy best practices to use when a patient's representative, or proxy, is authorized to view, download or transmit electronic health records, such as through a portal.
Nationwide health information exchange is achievable in the next three years, but matching patients to the right records is a critical security, privacy and patient safety issue that first must be addressed, says new ONC leader Karen DeSalvo, M.D.
An address by FBI Director James Comey at the RSA security conference seems to equate civil liberties and privacy. But when he offers an example of balancing Americans' rights with cybersecurity, he mainly refers to the civil liberties, not privacy.
Simple credentials, such as passwords, are a hacker's best friend, says Phillip Dunkelberger of Nok Nok Labs, a founding member of the FIDO Alliance. That's why the alliance is working to reduce reliance on passwords by enabling advanced authentication.
Editor's Note: Excerpts of this interview appear in ISMG's Security Agenda magazine, distributed at RSA Conference 2014.
Privacy should be built into the design of all healthcare information technology and related processes, says Michelle Dennedy, who's writing a book on the concept of "privacy by design."
Healthcare providers are turning to patient portals to provide remote access to electronic health records. But they face challenges when giving parents access to the records of minors of a certain age, says attorney Adam Greene.
A government watchdog plans a variety of activities to scrutinize the data security practices of healthcare providers, including hospitals' security controls over medical devices. It also will take a close look at the HealthCare.gov website.
Here's a sampling of the many sessions at RSA 2014 that will provide timely insights for security specialists in the government sector on such topics as vetting foreign technologies and implementing the new cybersecurity framework.
Bipartisanship - a rare commodity on Capitol Hill - manifested itself with the House Homeland Security Committee's approval of a bill aimed to help buttress the cybersecurity of the nation's critical infrastructure.
Six technology companies that sued the government to allow them to disclose secret requests for customer information have made their first revelations under terms of an agreement reached late last month with the government.