Community hospitals must become more vigilant about information security, especially as they apply for federal electronic health records incentive payments, says Chuck Christian, CIO at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, Ind.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has taken steps to help ensure thumb drives lacking encryption cannot be plugged into its computers. The move comes following the discovery of an unencrypted drive containing personal information on veterans.
The U.S. reliance on the magnetic stripe is having global consequences. European countries that have made the shift EMV say they are suffering from higher-than-ever incidents of ATM skimming because of the lingering mag stripe.
NSA involvement in warrantless surveillance during the Bush years may have given the Obama administration pause in formalizing the working relationship between DHS and DoD, but any apprehension has since vanished.