A Georgia hospital has informed 7,500 patients that they may have been affected by a breach incident involving the theft of personal information that could have been used to commit federal income tax fraud.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is offering a $50,000 prize to a developer who successfully demonstrates the expansion of the use of the "Blue Button" application to enable veterans to download their patient information from providers outside the VA.
Social media, mobility and cloud computing are new areas of risk for organizations, and risk managers need to go back to the fundamentals of understanding the information they are protecting, says Robert Stroud, ISACA's international vice president.
"If not properly implemented, telework may introduce new information security vulnerabilities into agency systems and networks," Office and Management and Budget Director Jacob Lew warns in a White House memo.
An important component of preparing for a potential HIPAA compliance audit is to complete a "walk through" to make sure privacy and security policies and procedures are practical and effective, former HIPAA enforcer Adam Greene advises.
The FFIEC's updated online authentication guidance urges banks and credit unions to do better jobs of authenticating and identifying devices, areas that aren't bolstering the kind of security they could, says security expert Ori Eisen.
The Department of Health and Human Services has published a proposed rule that describes privacy, security and many other standards for web-based state insurance exchanges called for under the healthcare reform law.
Now that the FFIEC Authentication Guidance update has been issued, there is no more important task for banking institutions than to conduct their risk assessments, says Matthew Speare of M&T Bank Corp.
The long-overdue HIPAA compliance audit program likely will launch late this year or early in 2012 after up to 20 test audits are completed, says Susan McAndrew, deputy director of the federal agency overseeing the program.
In one of the largest health information breaches reported so far this year, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System in South Carolina has notified 400,000 of an incident involving the theft of a desktop computer from an employee's car.