The new omnibus rule makes it clear that business associates must comply with HIPAA. And the latest additions to the federal health data breach tally put a spotlight on why some BAs need to improve patient data protection.
With Congress facing $1.2 trillion in budget cuts, Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel says funding for cybersecurity initiatives will likely be affected. But with smart planning, government information technology should not be placed at risk.
Many organizations are weighing whether cyber-insurance is a worthwhile investment. A decision on the type of policy to buy, and what it should cover, depends, in part, on the type of information that could be exposed.
With HIPAA compliance audits slated to resume within about a year, what steps can healthcare organizations take to begin to prepare? OCR's Leon Rodriguez offers strategies based on initial audit findings and breach investigations.
A draft of new guidance intended to be a blueprint to validate and implement a secure infrastructure as a service cloud computing offering has been issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Karen Scarfone, who coauthored NIST's encryption guidance, sort of figured out why many organizations don't encrypt sensitive data when they should. The reason: they do not believe they are required to do so.
The Government Accountability Office is preparing a comprehensive analysis of the nation's cybersecurity strategy to determine its effectiveness in securing government IT and critical information infrastructures.
Healthcare organizations need to more closely monitor how their business associates protect the security of patient information and step up risk assessments as they prepare to comply with looming HIPAA modifications, says attorney Lisa Sotto.
Former FBI cyber unit chief Tim Ryan sees mounting dangers from the insider, acknowledging undiscerning employees who don't follow proper processes can cause devastation. But he says the actions of those with malicious intent can be more catastrophic.
Inspector General Patrick Malley deems as inadequate the existing approach to state IT security governance that resulted in a breach last summer of a Department of Revenue tax system, which exposed the Social Security numbers of nearly 4 million taxpayers.