When Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver, Wash., introduced free wireless Internet access for patients and guests, it used a "defense-in-depth" strategy to address security issues, says Christopher Paidhrin, IT security compliance officer.
To help agencies secure their wireless networks and technologies, the Government Accountability Office came up with eight leading practices. For now, GAO says, wireless networks remain at an increased vulnerability to attack.
Four consumer advocacy organizations have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, calling for it to crack down on what it portrays as unfair and deceptive Internet-based healthcare marketing and advertising practices that threaten consumer privacy.
About 400,000 Puerto Ricans enrolled in the government's health insurance plan for the impoverished have potentially been affected by a breach incident involving unauthorized access to an Internet database.
All organizations involved in any type of health information exchange should be required to have digital certificates to authenticate their identities, a panel advising federal regulators on policy issues recommends.
There was good news and bad news in the past month about the official federal tally of major health information breaches. While only six new incidents were added in the past month, one of those cases affected more than 280,000 individuals.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has taken steps to help ensure thumb drives lacking encryption cannot be plugged into its computers. The move comes following the discovery of an unencrypted drive containing personal information on veterans.
The conventional wisdom that Congress won't enact significant IT security legislation this year hasn't deterred some Democratic lawmakers, including House Homeland Security Committee Chair Bennie Thompson, from introducing another cybersecurity bill.