A New York City hospital has paid a hefty HIPAA settlement to federal regulators for privacy breaches that impacted just two patients but involved the impermissible disclosure of sensitive medical information, including HIV status.
Target has reached a record settlement agreement with 47 states' attorneys general over its 2013 data breach. The breach resulted in hackers compromising 41 million customers' payment card details and contact details for more than 60 million customers being exposed.
The Donald Trump administration, in its fiscal 2018 budget, outlines steps it contends would strengthen the U.S. federal government's information systems, even as it would cut some cybersecurity spending at specific agencies.
The Trump administration's detailed budget proposal for fiscal 2018 calls for hefty cuts for the two Department of Health and Human Services agencies responsible for health data privacy and security issues, including HIPAA enforcement. What's the potential impact?
Voice biometrics: Is it good enough to protect people's bank accounts? Also, the ISMG Security Report goes to Belfast, Northern Ireland, for this year's OWASP AppSec Europe conference, including a visit to the Titanic museum - hopefully not a metaphor for the discipline.
A watchdog agency's audit of Virginia's Medicaid information systems found security weaknesses that could potentially leave beneficiaries' data vulnerable. Security experts say the audit's recommended improvements are needed at many healthcare organizations.
Good news for many victims of WannaCry: Free tools developed by a trio of French security researchers can be used to decrypt some PCs that were forcibly encrypted by the ransomware, if the prime numbers used to build the crypto keys remain in Windows memory.
Sweden has ended a seven-year rape investigation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. But it's far from the end of the legal troubles for the man whose spilling of secrets has shaped world politics.
WannaCry ransomware victims who haven't backed up their files have a tough choice: take a risk paying the ransom or just accept the loss. But there's a slim glimmer of hope: French researchers have figured out a way to decrypt files without paying, although their tools won't work for everyone.
Reports on how the U.S. Congress is taking steps to toughen cybersecurity lead the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also, an analysis of a Government Accountability Office study on the IoT landscape and the security threats facing the internet of things.
A series of email alerts from the Department of Health and Human Services about the WannaCry ransomware campaign - and a number of related daily conference calls with industry stakeholders - appear to be part of a ramped-up push to improve cyber information sharing in the healthcare sector.
New legislation calls for an overhaul of the federal government's software vulnerability disclosure policies following the ransomware outbreak that was fueled by the leak of a stolen National Security Agency cyberweapon.
The House of Representatives has passed the Modernizing Government Technology Act, which supporters contend could help improve the security of the government's information networks. "It will keep our digital infrastructure safe from cyberattacks while saving billions of dollars," says bill sponsor Rep. Will Hurd.