Most ransomware attacks result in a breach of protected health information that must be reported under HIPAA, according to newly released federal guidance for healthcare entities and business associates. But is the guidance clear enough?
The federal tally of major health data breaches shows that to-date in 2016, there have been more reported hacker incidents than during the first half of 2015. However, so far this year, those hacks appear to be affecting fewer individuals.
Security vendors are issuing warnings about two new types of dangerous Mac malware - Eleanor and Keydnap - which serve as a reminder that it's not just Windows users coming under fire from malicious software developers and tricksters.
Members of Congress have sent a letter to federal regulators saying that because ransomware attacks are "different" from other breaches in the healthcare sector, there's a need for new recommendations in upcoming government guidance.
In the first HIPAA enforcement action against a business associate, federal regulators have smacked a nonprofit organization with a $650,000 penalty following an investigation into a 2014 security incident affecting just 412 patients.
Would access to better information pertaining to encryption help Congress pass good crypto-related laws? That's the impetus behind a "Digital Security Commission" and a related report being hawked by some lawmakers.
Warning to parents and guardians: Beware of collecting, storing or sharing your child's biometric information - including fingerprints and DNA - even if you're creating a so-called "Child ID Kit," because the data is a natural target for identity thieves.
In the wake of a majority of British voters opting to leave the European Union, the U.K. Information Commissioner's Office argues that the country should still comply with the EU's data privacy rules. But will politics get in the way?
The FDA is reviewing comments on its proposed cybersecurity guidance for medical devices, including suggestions that it should beef up the guidance with more details. Meanwhile, the agency has issued new proposed guidance clarifying that manufacturers can share device-generated information with patients.
In the aftermath of the massacre at an Orlando nightclub, confusion emerged over whether the Obama administration had issued a waiver to suspend certain privacy provisions of HIPAA to ease communication between clinicians caring for the injured and those patients' families. Learn why the waiver wasn't necessary.
While awaiting new guidance from the HHS Office for Civil Rights, healthcare organizations can take several steps to help determine whether a ransomware attack is a reportable breach under HIPAA, says compliance attorney Betsy Hodge.
Is SWIFT now playing good cop/bad cop? While it initially promised to not police the financial services industry, it's now considering training auditors and suspending banks found to have poor information security practices.
HIPAA has long provided patients with the right to access their own "designated record set" of protected health information. But federal regulators are on a campaign to help patients and healthcare organizations understand records access rights, as well as the related privacy risks.