Privacy advocate Deborah Peel, M.D., is worried that several ongoing healthcare sector initiatives could potentially erode patient privacy and individuals' control over their health records. Find out about her latest concerns.
Privacy attorney Kirk Nahra says largely overlooked provisions tucked away in the "21st Century Cures" bill recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives could have a significant impact on patient privacy.
Does your organization really have a clear idea of what measures your business associates are taking to safeguard your most sensitive data? Yet another breach, this one affecting Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield, points to the risks.
With so much stolen PII available to fraudsters, it's time for banks and others to move to more sophisticated forms of authentication of customers' identities. Knowledge-based authentication is no longer reliable.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans' offer of extended ID protection to the more than 106 million individuals covered by their insurance could set new expectations for breach response, some security experts, including Ann Patterson, predict.
Healthcare CIOs are lobbying for the creation of a unique national patient identifier to facilitate secure national health information exchange. Leslie Krigstein of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives explains the initiative.
Warning: All versions of Flash Player are vulnerable to a zero-day, weaponized exploit that became public when Italian spyware vendor Hacking Team was hacked, and 400 GB of corporate data leaked. Adobe has released an update to patch the flaw.
A dozen well-known cryptographers and information security specialists have published a paper explaining why they believe it's unfeasible to create a so-called "backdoor" to allow law enforcement to decrypt encoded information.
Covered entities find it difficult to prevent unauthorized access to patient data by members of their staffs. Preventing breaches involving insiders at business associates can be even trickier, as an incident affecting Meritus Health illustrates.
Italian surveillance software maker Hacking Team has confirmed that it was hacked and recommends police, law enforcement and government agencies suspend their use of its software, pending a full breach investigation.
Following its mega-breach, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management suspends use of its online background check application system, citing a vulnerability. Also, the agency now faces a breach-related lawsuit filed on behalf of federal workers.
Just how bad is the U.S. Office of Personnel Management breach? Consider that spies may now have access to every secret - sexual, financial, familial, medical - shared by personnel seeking security clearances to access classified U.S. information.
As hackers increasingly focus their attacks on the government and healthcare sectors, it's more critical to ensure that consumers' personal data is handled securely on Obamacare's HealthCare.gov website as well as state health insurance exchanges.