Score one for preparation: In the wake of a ransomware attack that infected 900 workstations, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency says it's restoring affected systems, vowing to not give the attackers a single bitcoin of their ransom demand.
The House is slated to vote Nov. 30 on a heavily reworked version of the 21st Century Cures bill that no longer includes a controversial provision calling for significant changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule.
In the 13th HIPAA enforcement action this year, federal regulators have slapped the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a $650,000 financial settlement and corrective action plan after investigating a relatively small 2013 breach involving a malware infection at a campus speech and language center.
The latest ISMG Security Report leads with a look at how to protect patient data should President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress follow through with their promise to dismantle Obamacare. Also featured is a discussion of whether IoT security should be regulated.
Now that electronic health records have been widely adopted, the Department of Health and Human Services must do more to promote the exchange of complete, accurate and timely information, subject to appropriate privacy and security safeguards, according to a new federal watchdog report.
If President-elect Donald Trump fulfills a campaign promise to repeal Obamacare - which could result in the dismantling of HealthCare.gov and state health insurance exchanges - great caution will be needed to protect the data of millions of consumers contained in those systems.
A week after hackers apparently breached the websites of seven Indian embassies, one of the attackers claims to have breached an Indian consulate in the U.S. and posted data online to draw attention to vulnerabilities.
A federal court of appeals has granted a temporary "stay," or delay, in implementing the FTC's consent order against LabMD while the now-shuttered cancer testing laboratory pursues its appeal of the commission's July ruling in the dispute over the lab's information security practices.
Yahoo in 2014 spotted that an attacker - later revealed to have compromised 500 million accounts - was inside its network, according to a new SEC filing. With Yahoo's $4.8 billion sale to Verizon still pending, the admission adds to the search giant's complications.
Federal regulators are urging healthcare sector organizations to reassess whether their authentication methods need strengthening to help prevent breaches. But does their advice go far enough in advocating multifactor authentication?
Thank Mark Zuckerberg's taped-over webcam and the Paris robbery of Kim Kardashian West for waking up the average consumer to the security risks they face from using technology and social media, social engineering expert Sharon Conheady says in this audio interview.