Because social media pose significant risks to patient privacy, healthcare organizations need to develop detailed social media policies. But unfortunately, many organizations have yet to take that action.
"Organized crime sees that this is a good business to come in, exploit and take advantage of the loopholes," says L.T. Lafferty, criminal defense attorney and mortgage fraud expert, on the schemes that cost banks billions each year.
Federal CIO Steve VanRoekel says the freeze extension would "reinforce the importance of curtailing the proliferation of standalone .gov sites and infrastructure. Should agencies need to establish new web content during this timeframe, they should leverage existing .gov sites."
Healthcare organizations entering cloud computing contracts should carefully consider whether they need additional liability insurance coverage to address the risks involved, says IT consultant Gerard Nussbaum.
"Too often this focus on security has been used as an excuse to prevent the government from adopting the sort of innovative technologies that could better serve and engage the American people," Vivek Kundra says. "What's true is the inverse."
Oregon state agencies are coming together to develop a centralized plan, ending a previously siloed approach, to simplify compliance with Internal Revenue Service rules to safeguard taxpayer data, says state CISO Theresa Masse.
With the extension of ENISA's mandate into 2013 by the European Parliament & Council, the agency can continue to educate and collaborate with other nations on cybersecurity issues, an area of constant importance.
"If left unaddressed," GAO says, "these issues will continue to increase FDIC's risk that its sensitive and financial information will be subject to unauthorized disclosure, modification or destruction."