While the director of the HHS Office for Civil Rights says HIPAA enforcement remains a top priority for the agency, obtaining enough resources to carry out its mission is an ongoing battle, says former OCR official Deven McGraw.
The U.S. Senate is considering a banking reform bill that would ban credit agencies' practice of charging for a credit freeze, one of the crucial steps experts say can help pre-empt identity theft. Lawmakers have been under intense pressure to create laws that better protect consumers following Equifax's data breach.
Based on the feedback it received, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will consider making tweaks to its proposed Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement, including provisions related to privacy and security, says ONC's Genevieve Morris.
Many banking institutions boast of being "digital first" and enabling "omnichannel banking." But are they fully aware of the new fraud risks they also are inviting? Kimberly Sutherland and Kimberly White of LexisNexis Risk Solutions discuss how to mitigate omnichannel fraud.
Cybersecurity will again be in the spotlight at this year's Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society conference, March 5 to 9 in Las Vegas. The event will feature numerous CISO presentations, updates from regulators and displays of the latest technologies.
Despite the millions of dollars companies invest in cybersecurity programs, advanced persistent attackers constantly devise new means of breaking into corporate environments. How can deception technology offer a new alternative? Ofer Israeli of Illusive Networks explains.
Some healthcare industry stakeholders say the Trusted Exchange Framework that HHS proposes to promote secure, interoperable nationwide health data exchange, while a good starting point, lacks clarity on certain security and privacy issues.
Is your organization prepared for GDPR? The GDPR goes into effect this year on May 25th, 2018! It still remains to be seen exactly how it will be enforced and what specific measures organizations must take to comply. What is clear, however, is that personal data must be protected or severe penalties may be imposed....
Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: The Department of Justice indicts Russians for allegedly running an industrialized troll factory designed to influence U.S. politics. Also, a feature in Australia's new real-time payment system could be abused by identity thieves.
Federal agencies recently gave medical research organizations and others an extra six months to comply with most provisions of the updated "Common Rule" regulations that aim to protect human subjects in research, including ensuring their privacy. What's the impact of the delay?
Iliana Peters has left the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights just months after she was named to replace the agency's former top HIPAA enforcer, Deven McGraw. Is OCR experiencing a HIPAA brain drain?