The federal tally of major health data breaches has spiked over the last month, mostly because of the American Medical Collection Agency incident, which led to nearly two dozen breach reports from the firm's affected clients.
Google will pay a $170 million fine to settle allegations that its YouTube subsidiary illegally collected personal information about children without their parents' consent, according to the Federal Trade Commission. But some children's right groups and members of Congress say the penalty is far too low.
Providence Health Plan says some of its members were among the nearly 3 million individuals affected by a data breach revealed by health plan administrator Dominion National in June. What lessons are emerging from that security incident and others involving third parties?
What role does security play in an enterprise's digital transformation? ISMG and Nominet recently raised this question to a group of security leaders in Las Vegas. The answers were eye-opening. Stuart Reed of Nominet shares his reaction to the roundtable discussion.
Do criminal organizations prefer to target organizations that hold cyber insurance policies? A ProPublica report suggests that because cyber insurance policyholders are more likely to pay ransoms, they're a more frequent target. But some cybersecurity experts have expressed skepticism.
Foxit Software, the developer of popular PDF and document software, says user accounts were compromised in a breach. The company, which has 560 million users, isn't saying how the breach occurred, how many accounts were affected or for how long.
Google and the University of Chicago Medical Center have filed motions to dismiss a class action lawsuit that alleges patients' records were not properly de-identified by the hospital before they were shared with Google for research. Legal experts offer an analysis of the privacy case.
Sweden's Data Protection Authority has issued its first fine for violations of the European Union's General Data Protection regulation after a school launched a facial recognition pilot program to track students' attendance without proper consent.
The Department of Health and Human Services has issued proposed changes to privacy rules related to the sharing of patient records created by federally assisted substance use disorder treatment programs. Do the proposals go too far, or not far enough?
Organizations need to create a "defensible" cybersecurity program that has a mandate and executive endorsement, says Gartner's Tom Scholtz. I. Here are some points to keep in mind when drafting a program.
Progressive companies seeking to improve their security are increasingly adopting bug bounty programs. The theory is that rewarding outside researchers improves security outcomes. But in practice, bug bounty programs can be messy and actually create perverse incentives, says bug-hunting expert Katie Moussouris.
Paige A. Thompson, who's been arrested on a charge of hacking into Capital One's network and taking the personal and financial data of 106 million individuals, is also suspected of stealing information from over 30 other organizations, according to new court documents.
The news that serial entrepreneur Elon Musk and scientists have unveiled Neuralink - a neuroscience startup that's been in stealth mode for two years and aims to create a new computer/brain interface - might make you ask: What took him so long? Before signing up, just make sure it's immune to ransomware.
Health IT vendor Allscripts says it has reached a preliminary $145 million settlement with the Department of Justice related to the business practices of Practice Fusion, an EHR vendor the company acquired last year. Among the issues involved are HIPAA, HITECH Act and Anti-Kickback Statute compliance.