The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has fallen victim to another phishing attack, according to an e-mail alert sent out to customers. This newest attack entices consumers to click a link for details about "important information from your financial institution."
"Just securing the data is no longer enough," says Trevor Hughes, head of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. 'Privacy professionals, in addition, need to prepare for what happens when things go wrong."
A provision in the proposed Accounting of Disclosures Rule mandated under the HITECH Act that calls for providing patients with an "access report" listing everyone who's electronically accessed their records is stirring up debate.
The House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade heard from Sony and Epsilon about breaches that adversely affected consumer information. Both companies support a national data security and breach notification law.
The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), a government-private sector initiative, could enhance efficiency, security and privacy in all the transactions done online every day, says NIST's Jeremy Grant.
Organizations looking to improve their privacy management in the event of a breach "have to continually plan and prepare," says Nationwide's Chief Privacy Officer Kirk Herath. That means putting into writing a comprehensive plan.
Lockheed Martin, the country's largest military contractor, is investigating the root of a "significant and tenacious" attack against its information network. Could this attack be linked to the RSA SecurID hack earlier this year?
House Cybersecurity Caucus Co-Founder Jim Langevin, D-R.I., says President Obama's cybersecurity legislative package is a step in the right direction, but lacks the stricter regulation needed for businesses that run critical IT infrastructures.
The recent Sony and Epsilon breaches sent a strong reminder that companies lack transparency and aren't prepared to respond to a breach once it occurs, says Kirk Herath, Chief Privacy Officer at Nationwide Insurance Companies.
Federal authorities have issued a detailed notice of proposed rulemaking that sets out guidelines for how patients must be provided with an accounting of who has viewed their protected health information.
"The threat environment is significant, and it's not possible for anyone to stay completely secure," Philip Reitinger says in one of his final interviews as deputy undersecretary of DHS's National Protection and Programs Directorate.
"The administration has concerns about this provision and wants to work with Congress to ensure that any such legislation adds clarity and value to our efforts in cyberspace," a statement on policy administration says.
Sen. Susan Collins faults part of the administration plan she says could give those who would do harm a roadmap to attack the nation's critical IT infrastructure. DHS's Phil Reitinger says he doubts that would happen.
The federal list of major healthcare information breaches that have occurred since September 2009 didn't grow much in the past month. The list now includes 272 cases affecting a total of almost 10.9 million individuals.