Australian medical booking platform HealthEngine offered AU$25 (US$19) gift vouchers to dental patients who sent photos of their treatment invoices to the company, which it positioned to patients as "invaluable" research. Privacy experts say the company may have fallen afoul of Australian privacy guidelines.
A new initiative by the Cyber Readiness Institute aims to promote best cybersecurity and vendor risk management practices to smaller enterprises. RiskRecon founder and CEO Kelly White offers his perspective on converting standards to practices.
A coding mistake by an electronic health records vendor has resulted in a data breach impacting thousands of United Kingdom patients. But the incident also serves as a reminder to healthcare entities in the U.S. and elsewhere about the variety of data privacy and security risks vendors can pose.
Google says it closely vets third-party party applications that peek into Gmail boxes. But an investigation by the Wall Street Journal raises questions if consumers are fully aware of the consequences of granting access to third-party apps and the practices of email-scanning companies.
The difficulty in hiring new information security personnel and need to combat the ever-rising number of threats is driving many organizations to seek increased incident response automation, and in many cases to get it by working with managed security service providers, says AlienVault's Mike LaPeters.
What happens if organizations that must comply with GDPR have yet to achieve compliance, despite having had two years to do so before enforcement began? Don't panic, says cybersecurity expert Brian Honan, but do be pursuing a data privacy transparency and accountability action plan.
Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: Reports on the impact enforcement of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, which began Friday, will have on the healthcare and banking sectors. Plus an assessment of GDPR compliance issues in Australia, which offer lessons to others worldwide.
It's a complicated cybersecurity ecosystem for most organizations, which manage dozens of third-party relationships. Yet, they often rely on manual processes to manage their security risks. Sam Kassoumeh of SecurityScorecard discusses the value of automated security ratings.
CISOs increasingly are summoned to present to their Boards of Directors. But too often these presentations fail to frame the right topics with the right metrics, says Jacob Olcott of BitSight. He offers advice for maximizing the opportunity in front of the Board.
Vendor risk management is becoming more critical as companies rely more on partners who have access to payment card data and other sensitive information, says Ramon Lipparoni, IT integration manager at ComAir, a South African airline. One critical step, he says, is conducting impromptu vendor audits.
A recent alert from the Department of Homeland Security warning of vulnerabilities in certain medical imaging products from GE Healthcare is a reminder to other medical device makers and healthcare entities about the risks posed by hardcoded and default credentials.