With at least 20 billion new consumer devices set to be internet-connected by 2020, initiatives in the U.K. and California are trying to ensure that as many IoT devices as possible will be out-of-the-box secure, for starters by not shipping with default passwords.
Healthcare organizations often fail to address five fundamental elements of a solid cybersecurity program, says security expert Mark Johnson of the consultancy LBMC Information Systems, who formerly was CISO at Vanderbilt University and Medical Center.
Because business associates have been culprits in heath data breaches impacting millions of individuals, healthcare entities need to be diligent in taking steps to reduce the persistent risks these vendors pose, says privacy and security expert Susan Lucci.
A new council of healthcare CISOs hopes to work together toward improving uniformity and efficiency in the way organizations review the security controls and practices of third-party vendors that handle sensitive patient data.
Philips and Becton Dickinson have each issued multiple alerts this year regarding cybersecurity flaws in some of their medical devices. Some security experts say the two companies' transparency about cybersecurity issues - including new alerts issued last week - should be emulated by other manufacturers.
"Our risk landscape has changed from protecting the things that we operate to protecting the things that we buy, and that's why third party risk management is the place where people are really focusing," says Joel de la Garza of the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.
Australian medical booking platform HealthEngine offered AU$25 (US$19) gift vouchers to dental patients who sent photos of their treatment invoices to the company, which it positioned to patients as "invaluable" research. Privacy experts say the company may have fallen afoul of Australian privacy guidelines.
A new initiative by the Cyber Readiness Institute aims to promote best cybersecurity and vendor risk management practices to smaller enterprises. RiskRecon founder and CEO Kelly White offers his perspective on converting standards to practices.
The difficulty in hiring new information security personnel and need to combat the ever-rising number of threats is driving many organizations to seek increased incident response automation, and in many cases to get it by working with managed security service providers, says AlienVault's Mike LaPeters.
What happens if organizations that must comply with GDPR have yet to achieve compliance, despite having had two years to do so before enforcement began? Don't panic, says cybersecurity expert Brian Honan, but do be pursuing a data privacy transparency and accountability action plan.
Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: Reports on the impact enforcement of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, which began Friday, will have on the healthcare and banking sectors. Plus an assessment of GDPR compliance issues in Australia, which offer lessons to others worldwide.