Orwell got it wrong: People are less likely to surrender their privacy to a totalitarian state than to the lure of sharing holiday snaps, cat videos or the route and time they took for their latest cycling, jogging or kiteboarding outing, as captured by a wearable fitness device.
In one of the largest HIPAA settlements ever, federal regulators have signed a $3.5 million settlement with a Massachusetts-based healthcare organization that reported five small health data breaches in 2012 involving lost or stolen unencrypted computing devices.
Fitness app and website developer Strava has landed in hot water after publishing a global heat map that shows users' workout routes in aggregate. By doing so, the firm has inadvertently revealed military installation layouts and other sensitive information.
A class action lawsuit filed against Allscripts in the wake of a ransomware attack that recently disrupted patient care at hundreds of healthcare practices will spotlight a variety of critical security and legal issues, says Steven Teppler, the plaintiffs' attorney, in this in-depth interview.
How much does it cost to buy cybercrime-enabling products or services? Just $5 and up, security researchers say. Law enforcement agencies warn that small-time players as well as "serious and organized" crime rings are using cybercrime as a service to make illicit profits.
The newly confirmed secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar, has the potential to reset critical national healthcare priorities and policies, including those related to security and privacy. But what action will he take regarding HIPAA enforcement and other issues?
After settling a breach lawsuit for $17.2 million, Aetna has signed another large settlement related to privacy breaches involving mailings to its health plan members. The latest settlement with the New York state attorney general's office involves two mailings last year.
Blockchain holds potential for supporting secure health data exchange, but it has limitations that organizations need to keep in mind, says Intel's David Houlding in this in-depth interview on the technology.
Data broker Equifax has released a revised count of U.K. victims of its massive 2017 data breach, now saying 860,000 residents had their personal details exposed. The data broker is offering its own fraud-monitoring services to breach victims, provided they share their personal details.
A mailing error can have huge consequences. Case in point: Aetna has agreed to a $17.2 million settlement of a class action lawsuit filed after a data breach involving HIV drug information that was visible through envelope windows on thousands of letters.
Jason's Deli is the latest business in the hospitality or retail sector to warn that attackers used malware to steal customers' card details. The restaurant chain says 2 million payment cards were stolen from 164 restaurants during the seven-month breach.
A new framework aims to improve patient safety and data integrity by helping healthcare entities to more consistently and accurately match patients with all their information, developers Kirk Botula and Melanie Mecca explain in this in-depth interview.
This edition of the ISMG Security Report takes a look at how ready healthcare organizations are for GDPR compliance. Also featured: comments from Alberto Yepez of Trident Capital on the 2018 outlook for information security companies and a summary of the latest financial fraud trends.
Federal regulator's recently issued draft for a "trusted exchange framework" aimed at propelling nationwide, secure, interoperable, query-based health data exchange is a complex proposal that requires careful analysis, says David Kibbe, M.D., CEO of DirectTrust.