Early results from the Healthcare Information Security Today survey show that insider threats, such as records snooping and ID theft, are perceived to be the most significant security threats to healthcare organizations.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking, seeking public comment on metadata standards to support nationwide electronic health information exchange.
For John Colley, managing director of (ISC)2 in EMEA, ethics need to be addressed more frequently in the workplace. Organizations can no longer assume information is legitimate or has been gained through ethical means.
The Health IT Policy Committee has endorsed best practices for giving patients clear and simple guidance regarding how to safeguard electronic health records when viewing or downloading them, such as through a hospital's or clinic's portal.
When preparing for a potential HIPAA compliance audit, former HIPAA enforcer Adam Greene advises healthcare organizations: "Don't panic. I'm skeptical if it's possible for an organization to be 'audit-proof.' If you try to scramble and get everything in order, you may fail."
"The need for fraud-prevention tools increases during times of recession," says Aite Group's Julie McNelley, who does not believe this week's economic shockwaves will hurt organizations' security priorities.
The soon-to-be-launched HIPAA compliance audit program likely will initially offer comprehensive assessments of compliance with the HIPAA privacy and security rules, rather than focusing on specific narrower issues, says Susan McAndrew of the HHS Office for Civil Rights.
Steven VanRoekel joined the Obama administration in 2009 as the managing director of the Federal Communications Commission and worked in various managerial and staff positions at Microsoft for 15 years.
Fears that the global economy is nearing yet another recession have led to nosedives for U.S. and European stocks. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell nearly 513 points - the worst plunge the Dow has seen since Sept. 29, 2008.
The cyber threat landscape is more widespread than ever before, and cybersecurity professionals are needed in all sectors, from government to private industry, says Dickie George of the National Security Agency.