Yet another study reveals that millions of people are picking weak passwords, with "123456" remaining our collective favorite. Rules requiring stronger passwords and not forcing passwords to expire both could help boost security.
Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor who's been tapped by U.S. president-elect Donald Trump to lead a cybersecurity corporate outreach program, runs a security consulting firm with a website that's been given a failing grade for its security.
Hackers have apparently hijacked potentially thousands of vulnerable MongoDB databases and demanded ransoms for the return of critical data, with some victims paying up, according to security researchers.
The lack of a smoking gun - absolute certainty - has some security experts not entirely convinced that the Russians or their backers hacked Democratic Party computers in an attempt to sway the U.S. presidential election.
The transition to a new presidential administration makes forecasting for HIPAA enforcement activity in 2017 difficult, says privacy attorney David Holtzman of the consultancy Cynergistek, who sizes up what the HHS Office for Civil Rights might do this year.
Healthcare entities must perform security due diligence when they consider introducing emerging technologies - including "internet of things" devices - into their environments, says attorney Stephen Wu, author of a new book on HIPAA compliance.
Vulnerable firmware has been highlighted again in a range of low-cost Android phones, raising concerns over their security. This latest incident comes 11 months after security analysts first raised flags.
An analysis of how the Donald Trump administration will address health IT security and privacy leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also, the ramifications of a big breach, and an FBI agent tackles ransomware.
What are the critical elements of developing a "wartime" mindset to deal with serious cyber threats facing the healthcare sector? Find out how presenters and attendees answered this question at ISMG's Healthcare Security Summit.
After 10 days of Microsoft not issuing an advisory or fix for a zero-day flaw found by Google that's being actively exploited in the wild, Google publicly revealed details of the flaw. But Microsoft says that puts its users at further risk.
We were promised flying cars. Instead, we get malware-infected CCTVs serving as remote launch pads for digital attacks that help criminals earn cryptocurrency by crashing large parts of the internet. But new defenses offer promise for blunting such attacks.
Federal regulators will be kicking off remote HIPAA compliance "desk audits" of business associates next month and more comprehensive onsite audits of both covered entities and BAs early next year. Learn more about what's next for the audit program.
Neutering the army of web-connected devices used in the large internet attack that hampered access to major sites - including Amazon, PayPal, Spotify and Twitter - is technically possible. But no option offers either a great or near-term fix.