Months after the New Jersey attorney general's office smacked a medical practice with a hefty penalty for a 2016 breach, the office has signed a $200,000 settlement with the group's business associate that was responsible for the incident and banned its owner from managing or owning a business in the state.
An Iowa eye clinic and its affiliated surgery center recently recovered from a ransomware attack on their common systems within one day and without paying a ransom. This case offers important reminders to other healthcare entities and their vendors about advance planning.
Scammers behind an ongoing "sextortion" campaign have been emailing a legitimate password - likely from a publicly leaked list - to victims with a threat to release a compromising video of the recipient unless they pay up in bitcoins, Barracuda Networks warns.
This week's edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of whether the U.K.'s fine of Facebook for the Cambridge Analytica scandal is just the beginning of regulatory enforcement action. Plus: A potential settlement of Yahoo breach lawsuit and tips on securing data in the cloud.
Health insurer Anthem had earned HITRUST Common Security Framework certification before its mega-breach. Now that the insurer has agreed to a $16 million HIPAA settlement with federal regulators, who spelled out the company's security shortcomings, it's worth scrutinizing the value of adopting a framework.
The Department of Health and Human Services has updated its HIPAA security risk assessment tool to better assist small and mid-sized healthcare entities and their vendors in performing a comprehensive risk analysis. But why is conducting a risk assessment so challenging for so many?
Federal regulators have smacked health insurer Anthem with a record $16 million HIPAA settlement in the wake of a cyberattack revealed in 2015, which impacted nearly 79 million individuals. What missteps does the settlement highlight?
Health insurer Aetna is still paying the price for two 2017 privacy breaches involving mailings that potentially exposed HIV and cardiac condition information about thousands of individuals. Here's the latest update.
Although HIPAA gives patients the right to access their health records in their preferred format - on paper or electronically - a new study finds discrepancies in the information hospitals provide to patients regarding the release of their records, pointing to the need for better training.
A HIPAA-related enforcement case in Massachusetts involving two insider breaches alleges a trail of missteps, including failure to take prompt action after receiving tips about potential misuse of patient information. What can other entities learn from the mistakes?
HIPAA privacy violations can come in many forms. Case in point: Federal regulators have smacked three Boston hospitals with settlements totaling nearly $1 million for allowing crews for the documentary TV show "Save My Life: Boston Trauma" to film on their premises without obtaining authorization from patients.
Is a recent HIPAA settlement issued by the New York state attorney general's office another sign that states might begin to overshadow federal regulators when it comes to enforcement actions involving health data security and privacy?
While healthcare entities and their vendors apparently are improving their encryption practices for computing and storage devices, regulators are also urging organizations to avoid overlooking the importance of physically securing and tracking these devices to help safeguard PHI.