The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is firing three employees and giving two others five-day unpaid suspensions because they inappropriately accessed the electronic health records of 13 student-athletes.
This week's top news and views: NIST issues new guidance on securing public cloud; Senators say no Internet kill switch in their bill; Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency sees slow progress; and ex-federal CIO and mom Karen Evans on computer security and kids.
Federal authorities need to develop and disseminate best practices for matching patients to all their records, especially when electronic health records are exchanged, the Privacy and Security Tiger Team recommended Wednesday.
Republican efforts to pull the plug on funding for the the HITECH Act electronic health record incentive program have some hospital executives and physicians worried about the fate of the initiative. But some Capitol Hill observers say the worries are largely unfounded.
Three senators discount suggestions their bill would empower the president to deny citizens Internet access. "Nothing could be further from the truth," say Sens. Joseph Lieberman, Susan Collins (both pictured) and Thomas Carper.
Securing data in the public cloud isn't much different from other types of IT security. "It's the same advice we give for almost any deployment of IT because it is still the right thing to do," NIST Senior Computer Scientist Tim Grance says.