The Department of Health and Human Services is making progress in building its new team to lead IT-related efforts, including addressing health data privacy and security matters. Among the appointments: Donald Rucker, M.D., is the new national coordinator for health IT.
An analysis of British Home Secretary Amber Rudd's call for law enforcement to gain access to encrypted communications services, such as WhatsApp, leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also, a preview of ISMG's Fraud and Breach Prevention Summit in San Francisco.
The Trump administration has named Roger Severino as the new director of the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights, which enforces HIPAA and protects patients rights. Meanwhile, it remains unclear who will lead the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
An Obama-era regulation, which has yet to take effect, that aims to strengthen consumer's online privacy may be derailed. The Senate has voted along party lines to quash the rule that the FCC issued in October.
Cloud services firm Coupa is one of the latest business email compromise victims, after a fraudster pretending to be its CEO faked out the HR department and stole all of its 2016 employees' W-2 forms. Security experts say rigorous training remains the only viable defense.
Several recent health data security incidents serve as reminders of why healthcare entities need to stay focused on efforts to prevent and detect insider breaches, even as attention is diverted by headlines about hacker attacks.
A federal judge has granted class-action status for a breach-related lawsuit against an Alabama hospital where a former employee stole patient data and was convicted of identity theft. What's significant about the ruling?
McDonald's home food delivery app in India leaked sensitive personal information relating to 2.2 million users. But the restaurant giant only addressed the insecure API after a researcher went public one month after informing McDonald's about the problem.
With ransomware attackers having already launched attack code with themes ranging from horror movies and Pokemon to Hitler to cats, it was only a matter of time before they decided to beam Star Trek's Kirk and Spock direct to would-be victims' PCs.
With apologies to Troy Hunt, the last thing you want to see in the morning as you're having your first cup of coffee and scanning the interwebz for cat videos is a notice from his "Have I Been Pwned" breach-alert service.
Britain's GCHQ intelligence agency dismissed as "utterly ridiculous" claims that it conducted surveillance on then-candidate Donald Trump at the request of President Obama. The White House reportedly apologized to the British government for its comments.
The Trump administration has called for trimming the budget for the Department of Health and Human Services by 18 percent. But what do we know so far about proposed funding for HHS initiatives designed to help ensure health data security and privacy?
If Yahoo's 2014 breach had been the result of an in-house Russian intelligence project, the hack probably would not have triggered a U.S. indictment. But Russia has landed in a muddy puddle after apparently tapping freelance talent with an interest in criminal gain.
Don't trust the internet of things to maintain common-sense boundaries - or your privacy - as evidenced by a lawsuit against "sensual lifestyle products" manufacturer We-Vibe, alleging that its products tracked customers' usage patterns, indexed by their email addresses.