A class action lawsuit is seeking $4.9 billion in damages as a result of alleged privacy violations stemming from a recent health information breach affecting beneficiaries of the TRICARE military health program.
While a presidential advisory council wants to move forward quickly with using metadata tags within electronic health records, such as to indicate patient privacy preferences, another federal advisory panel is saying "not so fast."
"The CRMA will give us a heightened awareness of our responsibility in not just evaluating operational or compliance risks, but understanding strategic risks to the business," says Denny Beran of J.C. Penney.
Giving employees the chance to use their own mobile devices on their employers' network isn't necessarily given. That's what Delaware Chief Security Officer Elayne Starkey found when the state implemented a new program to allow the secure use of personal devices on state networks.
Skimming incidents at bank branch ATMs and vestibules are adding up to huge losses. One bank says it could easily lose $50,000 over one weekend at a single ATM. So, what can institutions do to deter and detect skimmers?
"Given that the data tested against our network consisted of sign-in ID-password pairs, and that the overwhelming majority of the pairs resulted in failed matching attempts, it is likely the data came from another source and not from our networks," says CISO Phillip Reitinger.
"I think the New York Stock Exchange was probably prepared for this sort of thing anyway," says security researcher Wendy Nather. "One threat, more or less, is not going to make a difference in the security measures they have in place."
The growing IT security profession - which shows virtually no unemployment, according to government data - remains the domain of white and Asian men with a scarcity of women, African Americans and Latinos.
The Department of Homeland Security is undertaking nine private and three public cloud computing initiatives, establishing private cloud services to manage sensitive but unclassified information while using the public cloud for non-sensitive data.
These arrests also highlight the U.S. vulnerability to crimes involving payment cards with magnetic stripes. "The U.S. is a criminal's playground right now," says John Buzzard of FICO Card Alert Service.
A children's health system is offering free credit monitoring to 1.6 million after the loss of backup tapes. It's the second major breach incident revealed in recent weeks involving lost or stolen backup tapes.