The Obama administration's proposed fiscal 2017 budget yet again seeks additional funding for the long overdue HIPAA compliance audit program and a variety of other health data privacy and security efforts. But will Congress approve spending increases?
While 2015 will be remembered as the year of major hacker attacks in the healthcare sector, most of the health data breaches added so far this year to the official federal tally have involved blunders by insiders. That's why infosec pros need to focus on more than just mitigating hacker threats.
President Obama is creating a federal CISO post as part of a multifaceted initiative aimed at strengthening the nation's IT security. His plan includes forming a public-private Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity and boosting government cybersecurity spending by 35 percent.
The banking malware known as Carbanak continues to evolve, and cybercriminals are now using it to wage APT-style attacks against banks as well as companies in other sectors, according to security researchers at Kaspersky Lab.
Federal regulators are proposing changes to regulations governing the data privacy of substance abuse patients. Privacy experts disagree about whether the changes are necessary and practical, or potentially harmful.
Who is responsible for fraud losses resulting from business email compromise? Texas-based AFGlobal Corp. is suing its insurance firm to settle this question. Experts weigh in on the lawsuit and why cyber insurance rarely covers losses from these scams.
The rise in RFID-based contactless payment cards has led to increased concerns that fraudsters could wirelessly crack cards' secret cryptographic keys. But a team of MIT researchers has debuted defenses against such hack attacks.
The Office of Personnel Management is addressing three cybersecurity deficiencies identified by the agency's inspector general as contributing to a significant data breach, Beth Cobert tells a Senate panel considering her confirmation as the new OPM director.
The trend across industries is that automation results in a drastic reduction of operational job roles, even as it brings in economies of efficiency. What then does automation in security mean for the profession?
For only the second time, federal regulators have slapped a healthcare entity with a civil monetary penalty in a case involving egregious HIPAA violations. Find out why Lincare Inc. was fined after a privacy incident affecting just 278 patients.
The new EU-U.S. data transfer agreement will be called "Privacy Shield." Beyond that, however, the actual details of the agreement - and whether it will pass muster with the EU's privacy commissioners or high court - appear to be a work in progress.
Landry's Inc. now reveals the broad scope of point-of-service malware attacks against its restaurants and other properties dating back to 2014 and 2015. Experts discuss factors that could have contributed to the breaches.
A comprehensive review of security at the Utah Department of Health conducted in the aftermath of two data breaches, including a hacker attack, found 39 "high-impact" weaknesses. But experts say many of the cited shortcomings are common at other organizations.
Law enforcement and intelligence agencies will have plenty of chances to snoop on criminals, terrorists and citizens even as communications vendors enable default encryption on mobile devices, a study from Harvard University says.