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.
Vulnerable firmware has been highlighted again in a range of low-cost Android phones, raising concerns over their security. This latest incident comes 11 months after security analysts first raised flags.
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?
U.K. Chancellor Philip Hammond used the launch of Britain's new five-year National Cyber Security Strategy to trumpet the country's strike-back capabilities. But other parts of the strategy - including more automated defenses - hold much greater promise.
In recent weeks, many more hacker attacks - including some ransomware assaults - on healthcare entities large and small have been added to the federal tally of major breaches, continuing a trend that started in 2015.
In the twelfth HIPAA enforcement action so far this year, federal regulators have smacked St. Joseph Health System with a $2 million penalty after investigating a breach that exposed patient information to internet searches for more than a year. And more enforcement actions tied to other breaches are on the way.
A federal watchdog agency's reviews of Minnesota's state-operated Obamacare health insurance exchange and Colorado's Medicaid eligibility and claims processing systems reveal a variety of security weaknesses that are also common among healthcare providers.
Verizon is reportedly awaiting the full results of a digital forensic investigation into the record-setting Yahoo data breach to ascertain whether it will revise its $4.8 billion bid to buy the search firm. Did the breach have a "material impact" on Yahoo's business? That's the question.
"How secure are we?" That's one of the most common questions asked by boards and senior managers. But security and technology leaders do not always have ready answers, says Jacob Olcott of BitSight Technologies. Are they even using the right security metrics?
Hacker attacks continue to account for the vast majority of health data breach victims this year, according to the latest federal tally. Some security experts expect that trend will persist as long as many organizations focus narrowly on HIPAA compliance rather than larger cybersecurity issues.
To better mitigate the breach risks tied to the growing use of mobile devices, organizations need to adopt enterprise digital rights management as a way to improve data security, says Gartner's John Girard.