"The trend here is the level of fines that the regulators are putting out there," says Tony Wicks, AML and fraud-detection expert. "$7 million does not sound that great, but for the size of an institution like Pacific National, it is substantial."
Although many hospitals and clinics are paying attention to HIPAA and HITECH Act compliance, they also need to train their staffs on how to crack down on identity theft and credit card fraud, security specialists say.
Former New York State CISO Will Pelgrin is expanding his influence over information security nationwide as chief executive officer of the newly revised Center for Internet Security that encompasses MS-ISAC and the U.S. Cyber Challenge.
Although many organizations are using encryption to protect data on mobile devices, they're often overlooking other important ways to prevent health information breaches, says Terrell Herzig, information security officer at UAB Medicine.
Known as the Citizen Patrol Unit, the group of some 30 civilian volunteers has been tasked with monitoring pay-at-the pump terminals throughout one community, looking for signs of tampered terminals or the installation of illegal skimming devices.
While Japan's nuclear emergency puts local citizens at risk, there is much that organizations globally can learn from the crisis. "I hope that all of us look at this and ask 'What can I do to be better prepared?'" says Regina Phelps, disaster recovery expert.
Enforcing standards for privacy and security is a major part of a new health information exchange accreditation program, says Lee Barrett, executive director of the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission.
An Illinois childcare agency has articulated a revised security policy, including the use of encryption, in announcing a breach involving the apparent theft of three back-up unencrypted portable hard drives.
Bank of America branches in Greater Detroit were reportedly flooded this past weekend, after several BofA debit cardholders noticed fraudulent transactions on their accounts. A BofA spokesperson says "There was no breach at Bank of America."
As healthcare organizations digitize more patient information, they need to take five essential risk management steps to ensure that the data is secure and privacy is protected, says Raj Caudhary, a principal at the consulting firm Crowe Horwath.