"Systems compromised by this botnet provide the attackers not only user credentials and confidential information, but remote access inside the compromised networks," says Amit Yoran, CEO of NetWitness, which revealed the Kneber attacks.
The federal government is seeking a contractor to help assess healthcare cybersecurity risks in the public and private sectors.
The contractor also will create and test risk mitigation strategies. The results of the project will help support development of federal policies.
The International Biometric Performance Conference entitled Performance, Evaluation and Specification of Biometric Technologies will bring together biometric users, technology providers, integrators and evaluators.
Joy Pritts, J.D., has been named the first chief privacy officer within the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. ONC is a unit within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that is carrying out the provisions of the HITECH Act, including beefed up information security...
A federal advisory committee has recommended keeping the information privacy and security requirements untouched in pending criteria for demonstrating meaningful use of electronic health records to receive Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments.
Khalid Kark, vice president at Forrester Research, recently wrote an in-depth report on healthcare information security in which he described five key principles.
In an interview, Kark discusses each principle, including:
Take a risk-based approach and look beyond regulatory compliance, focusing instead on...
Should software developers be held liable for their programming errors? A consortium of international cybersecurity experts says yes - and will present its plan for such a program on Tuesday. But at least one dissenting voice calls the effort "counterproductive and silly."
Faced with the threat of much stiffer penalties for data security violations and ramped-up enforcement at the federal and state levels, many hospitals are just starting to pay serious attention to security, contends security consultant Kate Borten. But they must go far beyond investing in new technologies to develop...
More than $750 million worth of federal grants will fund state health information exchanges as well as new regional extension centers offering healthcare IT training, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
To make sure their information technology strategies adequately address the needs of physicians, many hospitals have designated a doctor to serve as chief medical informatics officer. These physicians are working closely with CIOs, CSOs and others to help select and implement I.T., including technologies to keep...