The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report offers a deep dive on the debate about whether law enforcement officials should have a "backdoor" to circumvent encryption. Also featured: An analysis of Equifax's settlement with the FTC and a discussion of a new report on the cost of data breaches.
The U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission officially announced a privacy settlement with Facebook that includes a record-setting $5 billion fine. As part of the agreement, CEO Mark Zuckerberg must submit quarterly and annual reports to show that the company is in compliance with the FTC order.
A medical equipment benefits administrator is the latest business associate to report a large health data breach affecting patients as well as healthcare providers. What can covered entities do to help prevent falling victim to BA breaches?
Given the massive impact of the Equifax data breach, is the recently announced proposed settlement fair? One consumer advocate calls the money to be paid out by the consumer reporting agency the equivalent of a "parking ticket." Here's an analysis of the settlement's terms.
The list of laboratories and other healthcare clients affected by the data breach at American Medical Collection Agency continues to grow - as does the number of patients whose data may have been exposed. Here's the latest tally.
Former government contractor Harold Thomas Martin III has been sentenced to serve nine years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to stealing and retaining classified and secret files and data from U.S. government agencies, including the National Security Agency and CIA.
Credit reporting giant Equifax has negotiated a proposed settlement that could reach $700 million to resolve federal and state probes into its massive 2017 data breach, as well as a nationwide class action lawsuit. The company's total post-breach tab is likely to exceed $2 billion.
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The impact of the massive American Medical Collection Agency data breach continues to grow. At least two more laboratories have said their patients' data was potentially compromised by the breach. Meanwhile, court filings accuse AMCA of a lack of "cooperation and transparency" in the wake of the incident.
Bulgaria's national cybercrime unit has arrested a 20-year-old local man for his alleged role in breaching the country's tax servers and exposing the financial details and other personal data of nearly 5 million citizens, according to news media reports.
Health insurer Premera Blue Cross has signed a $10 million HIPAA settlement with the attorneys general of 30 states in the wake of a 2014 data breach that exposed personal information on more than 10.4 million individuals nationwide.
The relationship between American Medical Collection Agency and its laboratory clients affected by the company's data breach will be closely examined as breach-related lawsuits progress, says attorney Paul Hales, a HIPAA specialist, who explains why.
New Ensighten research shows 83% of global organizations anticipate a potential data breach - yet two-thirds are not armed for prevention against this cyber threat. The risks revealed by this research into these concerning approaches to data security vulnerabilities cannot be allowed to persist, lest they threaten...