France's data protection watchdog has slammed Microsoft Windows 10 for collecting excessive amounts of personal data and failing to use strong security controls. Under the country's data protection laws, Microsoft may now face up to $1.7 million in fines.
As Pokémon Go launches in Japan, the government's cybersecurity organization has issued a nine-point safety guide reminding players to beware of real-world and cybersecurity hazards when playing the augmented reality game.
The increase in breaches is having a positive impact on IT security employment, as headlines about one cybersecurity incident after another serve as recruiting tools for skilled cyber defense workers. The IT and IT security workforce reached record levels this past quarter.
The federal agency that enforces HIPAA has been very busy lately, taking numerous steps to reiterate the importance of safeguarding patient data and stressing the need to prepare a breach response plan. But the agency still needs to improve transparency on breaches involving business associates.
Oregon Health & Science University says it has been slapped with a $2.7 million fine after HHS investigated two data breaches that affected a total of about 7,000 individuals. It's the eighth HIPAA-related settlement announced by HHS so far this year.
Some healthcare entities may be more likely than organizations in other sectors to pay extortionists to unlock data that's been encrypted in ransomware attacks because patients' lives are potentially at risk if data is unavailable, says security expert Kate Borten, who discusses risk management issues.
An analysis of the record of the U.K.'s new prime minister, Theresa May, on cybersecurity and online privacy and a report on efforts to create an antidote to ransomware highlight this edition of the ISMG Security Report.
Businesses on both sides of the Atlantic are lauding the new U.S.-EU Privacy Shield, which gives them a legal way to handle Europeans' personal data. But privacy rights groups have criticized the agreement for falling short of the EU's own privacy protections.
The Obama administration has unveiled a federal cybersecurity workforce strategy that calls for identifying, recruiting, developing, retaining and expanding "the best, brightest and most diverse cybersecurity talent" for federal service. But are those goals realistic?
The Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights has notified 167 covered entities they've been selected for remote "desk audits" of their HIPAA compliance. But the audits will focus on only a handful of requirements.
Pokémon Go - Nintendo's new smartphone app - has been a smash hit. But the game's augmented-reality approach, and app developers' data-handling choices, have triggered security and privacy concerns as well as safety warnings.
Interbank messaging service SWIFT will begin collecting and sharing anonymized attack information and offering incident-response services - backed by Fox-IT and BAE Systems - to help hacked banks. But will financial institutions buy in?
Breach fallout continues to mount in the aftermath of a cyberattack on cloud-based electronic health records vendor Bizmatics, which apparently affected hundreds of thousands of patients. The saga highlights important security lessons for covered entities when it comes to dealing with business associates.
The MySpace and LinkedIn data dumps have been made available by a security researcher on his website, which is perhaps the most easily accessible source for obtaining it. But does it put people at greater risk?
Would access to better information pertaining to encryption help Congress pass good crypto-related laws? That's the impetus behind a "Digital Security Commission" and a related report being hawked by some lawmakers.