The National Institute of Standards and Technology issues two special publications: SP 800-119, Guidelines for the Secure Deployment of IPv6 and SP 800-135, Recommendation for Application-Specific Key Derivation Functions.
The most important healthcare information security trend for the year ahead is the rush to implement electronic health records while taking advantage of all their security features, says Dixie Baker, a well-known security expert who's advising federal regulators on policy issues.
"Managing risk with regard to information systems and security sometimes doesn't go to the highest levels and that's why the risk framework is a way to get senior leaders involved early in the process," NIST senior computer scientist Ron Ross says.
Thwarting the insider threat entails more than knowing an individual with access to a computer, but to recognize the synergy between the individual, organization, technology and environment, I3P Research Director Shari Lawrence Pfleeger says.
Devising strategies for ensuring social media are not used in ways that violate patient privacy is one of the top trends for 2011, says Lisa Gallagher, senior director of privacy and security at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.
Cybersecurity reform was part of a defense bill that included a provision to repeal a law that bar gays from serving openly in the military. Supporters couldn't muster the support to bring a Senate vote on the bill.