U.S. President Joe Biden is set to sign Wednesday an executive order aimed at preventing the large-scale transfer of Americans' sensitive personal data to countries including China. The order will set off a rule-making process spearheaded by the Department of Justice.
The Health Sector Coordinating Council has issued a five-year strategic plan - "a call to action" - for healthcare and public health organizations to implement cybersecurity programs that do a better job of protecting their patients against the ever-rising tide of threats.
Healthcare industry groups are urging their members to take certain precautionary actions in the wake of the attack last week on Change Healthcare, a unit of Optum. The advisories come as some researchers say the incident appears to involve exploitation of flaws in ConnectWise's ScreenConnect tool.
As the volume of major health data breaches rises, the federal agency charged with investigating those incidents told Congress this week that it lacks the needed funding to keep up with its mounting workload. The agency also separately announced its second ransomware HIPAA breach settlement.
Security leaders from a wide range of industries explored the latest cybersecurity trends and issues -including Web 4.0, generative AI, automation, data protection and regulatory compliance - at ISMG's DynamicCISO Excellence Awards and Conference 2024 in Mumbai.
The U.K. telecom regulator Ofcom faces "significant challenges" in implementing the newly passed Online Safety Act, which is intended to protect children from online harm, says analysis by the House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts.
This week: more fallout from LockBit, Avast to pay $16.5M, Russia-linked group targeted mail servers, no indication that AT&T was hacked, analysis of a patched Apple flaw, Microsoft enhanced logging, an Android banking Trojan, North Korean hackers and a baking giant fell to ransomware.
In most organizations, the privacy team plays an important role in artificial intelligence implementation and governance. Tarun Samtani, DPO and privacy program director at International SOS, said privacy principles inherently align with the demand for responsible data use of AI technology.
An Arizona firm that provides administrative services to a dozen ophthalmology practices in several states is notifying nearly 2.4 million patients of a data theft incident. The hack is among the latest recent major data breaches involving vendors of critical services to healthcare firms.
A bipartisan pair of congressmen is again attempting to address long-standing issues of patient safety and privacy - as well as medical errors, inadvertent information disclosures and denied medical claims - which all occur when patients and the health records used to treat them do not match.
Two new guidance resources - one from regulators and the other from an industry council - aim to help healthcare firms strengthen their protection of sensitive patient information and critical IT systems. The publications come as the Biden administration is pushing the sector to up its cyber game.
When a hospital or clinic is hit with a cyberattack, it often seems as if the electronic health record systems just can't win. Even if the EHR system is not the prime target of the attack, it's still frequently taken off line as the organization responds to the incident. What should entities do?
An Oklahoma-based healthcare system is notifying 2.4 million individuals that their sensitive information was potentially compromised in an exfiltration incident last year. Cybercriminals have been attempting to extort ransom payments directly from some of those affected patients - including kids.
A European court has sided with a Russian petitioner who challenged a Kremlin rule that requires telecom firms to backdoor their servers for law enforcement data collection. The court found that end-to-end encryption is essential to preserving the right to privacy in digital communication systems.
As U.S. federal regulators fine-tune a strategy to push the healthcare sector into strengthening its cybersecurity posture, they are dusting off a HIPAA compliance audit program that's been dormant for the last seven years. A new round of HIPAA audits for regulated entities is in the works.