In the largest HIPAA settlement to date, federal regulators have smacked Chicago-based Advocate Health Care with a $5.5 million fine in the wake of an investigation into three 2013 breaches. The settlement is HHS's tenth HIPAA enforcement action this year.
Imagine the security implications of a world in which millions of people have a physical impairment that leaves them internet-connected. Say hello to the promise - and peril - of internet-connected hearing aids, says Global Cyber Alliance's Phil Reitinger.
The nation's HIPAA enforcement agency has dramatically ramped up its issuance of breach-related financial penalties. In the ninth enforcement action of 2016, it slapped University of Mississippi Medical Center with a $2.75 million fine after a breach investigation revealed big security woes.
The GOP platform - adopted at the convention that nominated Donald Trump for president - doesn't mention the term 'hack back' but states: "We ... make clear that users have a self-defense right to deal with hackers as they see fit." Some cybersecurity experts claim the platform encourages "cowboy" justice.
The federal agency that enforces HIPAA has been very busy lately, taking numerous steps to reiterate the importance of safeguarding patient data and stressing the need to prepare a breach response plan. But the agency still needs to improve transparency on breaches involving business associates.
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.
An individual claiming to be the hacker who posted four healthcare databases on the dark web reveals some of his tactics. We take a close look at the risks posed to one affected clinic, which faces a ransom demand.
"Brexit" means that British law enforcement agencies will likely have a harder time taking a bite out of cybercrime as well-regarded intelligence-sharing relationships get severed and must be renegotiated.
A government watchdog warned four federal agencies that they must be more diligent in implementing their cybersecurity programs. Otherwise, some of the government's most sensitive information is at risk of being disclosed to unauthorized individuals.
As we prepare to mark the tenth anniversary of the PCI Security Standards Council, it's time to assess the impact PCI-DSS has had on payments security and consider whether it will remain a viable standard 10 years from now. A series of upcoming reports will address these topics.
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.
After blaming a recent spate of bank robberies on banks' poor information security practices, SWIFT has changed its tune. Now it says it wants to help financial firms spot related fraud and better share information about unfolding threats.
Organizations chosen for remote "desk audits" of their HIPAA compliance, which will begin this summer, need to be prepared to quickly provide supporting documentation, Deven McGraw, deputy director of health information privacy at the HHS Office for Civil Rights, explains this in-depth audio interview.
The federal tally of major health data breaches is littered with hundreds of incidents blamed on business associates that affected a total of tens of millions of individuals. But vendor involvement in breaches is probably actually a lot worse than what's reflected on the HHS tally.
Anonymous has unleashed a DDoS campaign against banks, commencing with an attack against the Bank of Greece's website, followed by attacks against other bank websites. But the impact of the interruptions apparently has been minimal, continuing Anonymous' track record for attacks that fail to pack much of a punch.