The city of Baltimore's ransomware outbreak - $18 million in costs and counting - led to many crypto-locked files being lost forever, because no IT policy mandated centralized file backups. But effective IT solutions exist to help solve this challenge, provided they're deployed in advance of an attack.
Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., is demanding answers from TridentUSA Health Services about its data security practices following the recent discovery that it exposed more than 1 million patient files on the internet due to an unsecured server.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of Donald Trump's comments about "the server" in a discussion with the president of Ukraine. Also: insights on "privacy by design" and highlights of ISMG's Cybersecurity Summit in Toronto.
Proponents of the potential adoption of a national unique patient identifier had been hopeful that the Senate would follow the House's lead in lifting a 20-year ban on funding for federal regulators to work on development. But now they face two substantial hurdles.
Why did U.S. President Donald Trump discuss cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike with the president of Ukraine, saying "the server, they say Ukraine has it"? Experts say Trump appears to be referring to one or more conspiracy theories, none of which have a basis in reality.
APT groups that are backed by the Russian government rarely share code with each other, fostering a competitive landscape, according to a new report. This shows that Russia is willing to push the limits of its sophisticated cyber capabilities, researchers conclude.
Technology companies often don't build in controls to protect privacy during the application development process, says Jason Cronk, a lawyer and privacy engineer. But using "privacy by design" principles during software development can help avoid trouble, he says.
Seven healthcare and health IT industry groups are asking Congress to apply the brakes in issuing a final rule on interoperability, information blocking and health information exchange as required under the 21st Century Cures Act, citing concerns about privacy and other issues.
Europe's top court has ruled that Google does not have to remove links to sensitive personal data globally under the EU's "right to be forgotten" requirements, saying the requirement only applies in Europe.
Facebook says it has suspended tens of thousands of apps as part of its ongoing investigation into data misuse that grew out of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The company won't disclose the affected apps, but an unsealed court filing says it has suspended 69,000.
A misconfiguration in a Google Calendar function that allows Google to index calendars raises serious privacy concerns because it could lead to inadvertent, broad public exposure of calendars that contain sensitive information, including corporate details, a researcher reports.
Artificial intelligence technologies that provide surveillance capabilities can have upsides as well as downsides. Unfortunately, as developers and governments rush to experiment, security, privacy, data protection and liability questions remain unanswered.
The movement to lift the longstanding Congressional ban on federal regulators funding the development or adoption of a national unique patient identifier appears to have hit a roadblock. Here's an update.