As the federal government moves forward with a long list of endeavors - including a "moonshot to end cancer" - focused on boosting medical innovations, it's critical that patient privacy and data security stay top of mind.
It's time to start to think about the cybersecurity agenda for the 45th president of the United States, who takes office a year from this week. What's on your list of cybersecurity challenges the next president must tackle?
For months, Congress has been scrutinizing security and privacy issues raised by the widespread adoption of electronic health records. Now many of those issues are finally being addressed in draft legislation.
Proposed HIPAA Privacy Rule changes in pending federal legislation could lead to elimination of the requirement to de-identify patient data that's used for research purposes, raising questions about whether that data will be at a higher risk for breaches, warns data de-identification expert Khaled El Emam.
GovInfoSecurity announces its seventh annual list of top influencers - lawmakers, top government officials, practitioners and thought-leaders whose leadership has a substantial influence on government cybersecurity policy.
In the coming months, the Department of Homeland Security will implement a new cyberthreat information sharing law designed to help prevent breaches. But will the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 really make a difference?
Legislative expert Samantha Burch of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society offers an in-depth analysis of healthcare provisions in the recently enacted Cybersecurity Act of 2015 and describes how the law could prove especially helpful to smaller organizations.
President Obama has signed legislation to incentivize businesses to share cyberthreat information with the federal government. On Dec. 18, both houses of Congress passed the measure as part of a $1.1 trillion spending package.
After years of failing to enact cyberthreat information-sharing legislation, Congress is poised to vote on a measure this week that would incentivize businesses to share voluntarily threat data with the federal government and with each other.
Passage of cyberthreat information-sharing legislation could hinge on how the measure is presented to Congress, and its fate could be tied to a massive omnibus appropriations bill to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal 2016.
The Data Security Act of 2015, approved by the House Financial Services Committee, would create a national data breach notification requirement and spell out data security standards businesses must follow, usurping 47 state laws.
European Union lawmakers and member states have drafted landmark proposed cybersecurity rules that set minimum levels of security across a number of critical infrastructure sectors, including energy, transportation, health and financial services, and require companies in those sectors to alert authorities to breaches.
A U.S. House committee recently passed legislation that's aimed at helping law enforcement bring to justice cybercriminals from other nations who buy and sell payment card data stolen from U.S. citizens. But would it really help the global fight against cybercrime?
Legislation pending before both houses of Congress, if enacted, would change a nearly 30-year-old law to require the government to obtain a warrant to access the content of emails that are 180 days old or older. Why do some agencies oppose the proposal?