Citing the stretched health IT resources and heavy workloads healthcare organizations face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, federal regulators are delaying compliance deadlines for information blocking and health IT interoperability regulations.
Federal regulators have slapped health insurer Aetna with a $1 million HIPAA settlement for three 2017 breaches - including a mailing incident that exposed HIV information - that occurred within six months.
In the rush to respond to the COVID-19 crisis - including the rapid-pace development of a vaccine and treatments - cybersecurity considerations are being neglected, creating additional risks, says Kelvin Coleman, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes the U.S. indictment against Russian hackers who were allegedly behind NotPetya. Also featured: A discussion of nation-state adversaries and how they operate; an update on Instagram privacy investigation.
After a surge in the use of remote access and telehealth technologies during the pandemic, widespread use of this approach to care is expected to continue, raising concerns about security and privacy. Mark Baik of Palo Alto Networks and Thomas Duffey of Accenture preview new research findings on the subject.
An indictment unsealed this week demonstrates the degree to which Western intelligence agencies have apparently been able to infiltrate the Russian intelligence apparatus to trace attacks back to specific agencies - and individual operators. Shouldn't Russian spies have better operational security?
For the second time within a week, it's been revealed that sensitive voice messages containing patients' information have been exposed on the internet. The latest discovery involves unsecured voice transcripts of patient calls to drug giant Pfizer's automated customer support system.
Fraudsters are sending phishing emails with messages about the Coinbase cryptocurrency exchange to Microsoft Office 365 users in an attempt to take over their inboxes and gain access to data, according to the security firm KnowBe4.
A security researcher recently discovered an unsecure Elasticsearch database cluster exposed on the internet that contained transcripts of sensitive voicemail messages, including some for medical clinics and financial service companies.
Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner has launched an investigation into whether Facebook's Instagram service improperly displayed the email addresses and phone numbers of minors on its platform. Facebook, Instagram's owner, could face a GDPR fine if it's found to have violated privacy requirements.
Britain's Information Commissioner's Office announced this week a dramatic reduction in its fine against British Airways for violating the EU's General Data Protection Regulation. The company will pay a $26 million fine instead of $238 million in a case tied to a 2018 breach.
Yes, a CISO must be technologist and a business risk leader. But more than ever, a CISO also must be a bit of a counselor, says Mark Eggleston, chief information security and privacy officer of Health Partners Plans, who puts mental health support atop his own list of key responsibilities.
Cybercrime wouldn't exist as we know it today without there being a multitude of technologies and services that criminals have been able to turn to their advantage, and cryptocurrency is one of the prime examples, especially when it comes to ransomware, darknet markets and money laundering.
An unsecured Amazon Web Services database belonging to India's Dr Lal Path Labs, which offers diagnostic testing, exposed approximately 50 GB of patient data, including notes related to the results of COVID-19 tests, according to a security researcher.
Ransomware attacks remain the top cyber-enabled threat seen by law enforcement. But phishing, business email compromises and other types of fraud - many now using a COVID-19 theme - also loom large, Europol warns in its latest Internet Organized Crime Threat Assessment.