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.
The data protection gloves have finally come off in Europe after GDPR enforcement began last May - the U.K.'s privacy watchdog has proposed large post-breach sanctions against British Airways and Marriott. Consider the tables now turned on firms that fail to properly safeguard personal data.
With half of 2019 in the rear-view mirror, what are the emerging healthcare data breach trends so far this year? Hacker/IT incidents continue to be the dominant cause of breaches, while another formerly common cause - lost or stolen devices - has become relatively rare, according to the federal tally.
Bipartisan healthcare legislation that a Senate health committee passed on Wednesday includes a provision that would incentivize healthcare entities to adopt "strong cybersecurity practices" by encouraging federal regulators to consider organizations' security efforts when making HIPAA enforcement decisions.
Cloudflare was unsparing in its criticism of Verizon over a BGP snafu that hampered 15 percent of its global traffic, as well as traffic of Amazon and Google. Verizon's error underscores that much heavy lifting remains to make critical internet infrastructure secure.
When migrating systems, data and applications to the cloud, a critical security step is to involve compliance auditors in the process as early as possible, says Thien La, CISO at Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.
The annual Infosecurity Europe conference this year returned to London. Here are visual highlights from the event, which featured over 240 sessions and more than 400 exhibitors, 19,500 attendees and keynotes covering data breaches, darknets, new regulations and more.
The House of Representatives has approved an amendment that would lift a 20-year ban on the Department of Health and Human Services funding the development or adoption of a unique, national patient identifier. But plenty of hurdles remain. Find out why this is a critical issue for CISOs as well as privacy officers.
ISMG's Healthcare Security Summit, to be held in New York on June 25, will feature a top-notch roster of expert speakers, including regulatory and law enforcement authorities, CISOs from leading healthcare provider organizations and technology thought leaders.
Online invitation site Evite has been hacked and information on an unspecified number of users stolen. In a data minimization fail, the breach apparently dates from earlier this year, but it's been tied to "an inactive data storage file associated with Evite user accounts" from before 2014.
A Kansas hospital has agreed to pay $250,000 to settle allegations that it falsely attested to conducting a security risk analysis as required under the HITECH Act electronic health records financial incentives program. Two whistleblowers in the case will receive $50,000 from the settlement.
A data breach at American Medical Collection Agency has affected nearly 12 million patients who had lab tests performed by Quest Diagnostics, exposing a wealth of information, including Social Security numbers.
Infosecurity Europe returns to London June 4-6, featuring more than 230 sessions over three days covering a range of topics, including application security, automation, data protection, risk management, incident response and threat analysis. Here's a preview of 11 hot sessions.
Cloud-based electronic health records vendor Medical Informatics Engineering has signed a $900,000 settlement with 16 state attorneys general in a case involving the same 2015 data breach that was at the center of a recent $100,000 settlement with a federal regulator.