A recent incident involving a vendor using a Boston clinic employee's credentials to inappropriately access patient data via a regional health information exchange illustrates the potential risks involved as the use of HIEs continues to grow.
Don't leap to conclusions on the basis of a new report that suggests Yahoo is preparing to warn the world that it was hacked and lost hundreds of millions of users' account credentials. Someone may simply have harvested passwords reused on other sites.
FBI Director James Comey, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and security expert Mikko Hypponen all advocate covering up your webcam as a cheap and no-brainer defense against everything from unscrupulous competitors to sextortionists.
A developer warns that Dropbox gains wide-ranging access to Apple's OS X operating system using a SQL trick that some equate to hacking users' systems. Here's why giving a desktop app unusual access to Apple's privacy settings poses a security risk.
Have you been the target or victim of ransomware-wielding attackers? The FBI wants individuals and businesses to report ransomware attacks to help it better pursue, disrupt and potentially arrest suspects.
B. Vindell Washington, M.D., the new head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, pledges that the agency's top priority of advancing standards-based interoperable, secure health data exchange will continue under his leadership. But what will happen once a new president is elected?
The handling of a recent data breach - the details of which are still unfolding - by Oakland, Calif.-based web services company Regpack provides a look into how the discovery and disclosure of a breach can turn into a real train wreck.
The Department of Health and Human Services is gearing up for its first-ever round of HIPAA compliance audits of business associates, and is also developing new guidance aimed at helping organizations deal with a surge in cyber threats.
All in the family: A "sophisticated attacker" alert from US-CERT, urging enterprises to lock down their networking gear, was triggered by the leak of exploit tools - targeting, in part, U.S.-built networking gear - that may have been tied to the NSA.
A watchdog agency report highlighting data security violations by a Department of Veterans Affairs medical contractor offers a reminder to all healthcare organizations about similar risks their business associates can pose - especially if BAs are inadequately monitored.
Those who embrace good cyber hygiene in their personal lives are likely to be more aware of information security on the job as well, says Steve Durbin of the Information Security Forum, who'll deliver a keynote address at Information Security Media Group's Fraud and Breach Prevention Summit in Toronto.
Chipmaker Intel will spin out its Intel Security unit - once again named McAfee - with a value that's markedly lower than what it paid. Meanwhile, long-gone founder John McAfee is suing for the right to launch a new security company bearing his name.
A lawsuit filed by St. Jude Medical claims that a recent report alleging dangerous cybersecurity vulnerabilities in its implantable cardiac devices was financially motivated and contained false statements and "market-bombshell scare tactics."
The breach of porn site Brazzers - which allows users to swap fantasies in online forums - begs the question of how many users employed throwaway usernames and passwords. Some 1,446 U.S. military and 41 U.S. government email addresses were found in the data dump.