Blockchain, the distributed ledger technology for cryptocurrency, has the potential to improve the privacy and security of health information exchange, says Shahram Ebadollahi, vice president of innovations at IBM Watson, which is collaborating with the FDA on a research project.
Privacy and data security experts are sizing up how an executive order signed by President Trump that requires two regulations to be eliminated for every new regulation issued by an executive branch department or agency might affect the actions of the Department of Health and Human Services.
European officials are asking the United States if the EU-U.S. deal for sharing personal information among businesses - dubbed the Privacy Shield - should be considered null and void as a result of an executive order issued by President Donald Trump.
Attorney Steven Teppler analyzes the significance of a federal appellate court's ruling vacating a lower court's decision to dismiss a class action lawsuit against Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield that was filed in the wake of a breach affecting 840,000 individuals.
The subscription-based breach notification service LeakedSource appears to have gone dry. Security expert Troy Hunt says the privacy writing has been on the wall for the site, owing to it selling access to stolen personal data.
Privacy and security attorney Kirk Nahra offers a forecast for how the Trump administration might address various health data security issues, including HIPAA enforcement, and an assessment of the Obama administration's record on those issues.
Russian authorities have reportedly arrested a top computer security official at the Federal Security Service as well as a head Kaspersky Lab investigator on treason charges, alleging that they received money from "foreign organizations."
Microsoft does not have to turn over emails stored outside the U.S. to federal authorities investigating a crime, an appeals court has affirmed. The closely watched case, which explored the territorial boundaries of U.S. law in the cloud computing age, could end up at the Supreme Court.
Leo Scanlon, deputy CISO at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will take a lead role as HHS sharpens its ongoing focus on cybersecurity issues, an effort that will continue under the Trump administration, he explains.
As President Trump delivered his inaugural address, the White House transitioned its website from the Obama to the Trump administration. Immediately, Trump's team posted a series of position papers, including one that addressed - albeit briefly - cybersecurity.
Mac McMillan, CEO of the information security consulting firm CynergisTek, explains in an interview why he sold the company he co-founded 13 years ago to healthcare document management firm Auxilio Inc., and what's planned next.
Information security researchers have charted a steep decline in Locky ransomware and Dridex banking Trojan distribution in recent weeks. While that's good news, it may only reflect that a cybercrime gang is on vacation.
A researcher claims WhatsApp has dismissed his finding that there's a backdoor in the application that could allow attackers to unlock encrypted messages. But the controversy is more nuanced - and for most of us, much less threatening - than it might first appear.
Yet another study reveals that millions of people are picking weak passwords, with "123456" remaining our collective favorite. Rules requiring stronger passwords and not forcing passwords to expire both could help boost security.
HHS has issued new health data privacy guidance and announced a contest to create an online "model privacy notice generator." Plus, it's issued a reminder about the importance of reviewing and securing audit logs to help prevent and detect breaches.