In addition to the negative publicity associated with being included on the federal tally of major health information breaches, some organizations are experiencing yet another impact of breaches: class action lawsuits.
Ongoing HIPAA compliance training is key to breach prevention, says Terrell Herzig of UAB Medicine. Yet many healthcare organizations are lacking in their efforts, according to results from the Healthcare Information Security Today survey.
A wave of security breaches serves as a catalyst for all types of organizations to assess the need for cyber insurance. Here's the story of one institution that saw the threat and took out a $10 million policy.
Servers at Virginia Commonwealth University were recently hacked, potentially exposing Social Security numbers for more than 176,000 faculty, staff, students and affiliates at the university and the VCU Health System.
The bust of six Estonians for one of the biggest online frauds ever is reminiscent of another type of organized crime: drugs. Despite the similarities, there's one big difference between drugs and online crimes.
One reason why so many healthcare organizations are not well-prepared to counter security threats is that "key leadership has not bought into the whole process," says Bob Krenek of ExperianÂ® Data Breach Resolution.
Penetration tests that demonstrate how an unauthorized user could gain access to patient information can be effective in winning support for a bigger information security budget, says David Kennedy of Diebold, Incorporated.