When it comes to breach prevention, many organizations are improving their own security posture, but neglecting that of their strategic partners.
It's a wide gap that far too few organizations even recognize, says Tom Kellermann, vice president of cybersecurity at Trend Micro.
National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander declined to say that the agency would stop using contractors in top secret IT positions to prevent a leak such as the one that exposed NSA programs to collect metadata on American citizens.
The FDA has issued draft guidance urging medical device makers to develop cybersecurity controls. It has also released tips for how healthcare organizations can mitigate cybersecurity risks to devices.
Having the right log and access management tools in place - and not all tools are used by all agencies at all times - doesn't mean that the proper authorities are alerted in a timely manner to activities that could jeopardize the nation's security.
Secure messaging based on the Direct Protocol may eventually be applied globally because of worldwide interest in health information exchange, some backers say. The protocol incorporates international standards.
It's impractical for organizations to ban staff members from using personally owned devices for work or to avoid having a formal BYOD policy, says Peter Swire, a former presidential adviser on privacy issues.
Intermountain Healthcare stepped up its risk assessment efforts to better identify security issues and help ensure it can pass a federal HIPAA audit. Plus, it's developing security best practices to share with others.