A breach involving misdirected emails to nearly 56,000 patients allegedly tied to a sorting error by a business associate has taken an unusual twist: The organization involved, Dignity Health, is asking for patients' help in mitigating the privacy mishap. But could that move prove to be counterproductive?
European computer security researchers say they have discovered vulnerabilities that relate to two techniques used to encrypt emails: PGP and S/MIME. Security experts recommend all PGP users immediately delete or disable their PGP tools, pending a full fix.
Unauthorized access to an employee's email account has resulted in a breach affecting 30,000 current and former rental customers of Inogen, a maker and supplier of oxygen equipment, which notes that its insurance may not cover all related costs.
Some healthcare industry stakeholders say the Trusted Exchange Framework that HHS proposes to promote secure, interoperable nationwide health data exchange, while a good starting point, lacks clarity on certain security and privacy issues.
The White House, fearing China is spying on phone calls, has suggested that the U.S. government take a primary role in marshaling the development of secure 5G networks. But would nationalizing 5G networks make them more secure?
Federal regulator's recently issued draft for a "trusted exchange framework" aimed at propelling nationwide, secure, interoperable, query-based health data exchange is a complex proposal that requires careful analysis, says David Kibbe, M.D., CEO of DirectTrust.
Federal regulators have clarified that the use of texting to place orders, such as for medications or tests, on any platform - secure or not - is not allowed when treating Medicare and Medicaid patients. Security experts weigh in on key issues to consider when using texting for other purposes.
An assessment on whether North Korea is behind the WannaCry ransomware attacks leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also, the co-author of NIST's revised Trustworthy Email special publication discusses changes in the guidance.
Email, which is too easily spoofed, phished or taken over, remains a leading cybersecurity risk. But finally, after years of pushing, the Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance standard, or DMARC is helping to bolster email security, says Phil Reitinger, CEO of the Global Cyber Alliance.
Adoption of the Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance - or DMARC - standard is very low in the healthcare sector, and broader use could greatly reduce phishing risks, according to a new study.
Former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos learned that Russia had thousands of pilfered emails containing "dirt" on Hillary Clinton three months before they appeared online, according to court documents.
An in-depth look at the DMARC anti-spoofing system - which the U.S. Department of Homeland Security this past week said it will require federal agencies to adopt - leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also, continuous monitoring of the insider threat.
A new directive from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security elevates federal agencies' email security to the DMARC standard that's widely adopted by commercial email providers, including Google, Yahoo and Microsoft.
Two Russian hackers, members of a group called "Shaltay-Boltai" - Humpty Dumpty in Russian - that stole and sold high-level Russian officials' emails, have been sentenced to serve three years in prison. The case against them may tie to a high-profile Russian treason investigation.