The healthcare sector was the No. 1 target for major data breaches last year, according to a new report. And the No. 1 cause of breaches in all sectors was phishing. What can be done to prevent these incidents?
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has filed a lawsuit arguing that a $4.3 million HIPAA penalty levied against it last year by the Department of Health and Human Services following three data breaches was unlawful. What are the main arguments?
Several industry groups have offered suggestions - ranging from better cyber information sharing to new regulatory "safe harbors" for entities complying with best practices - in response to Sen. Mark Warner's recent request seeking ideas for improving healthcare sector cybersecurity.
Buyer beware: A new study shows used USBs offered for sale on eBay and elsewhere may contain a wealth of personal information that could potentially be used for identity theft, phishing attacks and other cybercrimes.
Two recent ransomware attacks on mental healthcare providers serve as reminders of the security incident response and risk mitigation pressure faced by entities handling especially sensitive patient information.
A ransomware attack last fall on a company that provides billing and other business services to health plans and hospitals resulted in a breach affecting more than 600,000 individuals, according to Michigan state officials. But what makes breach determination in ransomware attacks so difficult?
Facebook's effort to stem the flow of fake news globally has been ineffective, allege some fact checkers who have collaborated with the social media giant to identify and debunk false stories. Is the social media giant merely conducting a public relations exercise?
Why are we surprised about the amount and sensitivity of data that mobile apps collect? The online industry has never been forthright about it. That's why we're faced with a yawning gap between user expectations and true privacy. And it's why Facebook, Google, Apple and others have many questions to answer.
Healthcare CISOs and other security and privacy leaders must carefully assess HHS' proposed new rules designed to help prevent the blocking of health information sharing and consider how they might "operationalize" the provisions within their organizations, says attorney Jodi Daniel.
A misconfigured database at UW Medicine in Washington state that left patient data exposed on the internet for several weeks resulted in a breach affecting almost 1 million individuals. Why are breaches caused by such misconfigurations so common?
Among the hundreds of responses to a federal request for comments about potential changes to the HIPAA rules were suggestions for "safe harbors" that would shelter organizations with strong security strategies from HIPAA enforcement actions after a health data breach.