Enforcing standards for privacy and security is a major part of a new health information exchange accreditation program, says Lee Barrett, executive director of the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission.
An Illinois childcare agency has articulated a revised security policy, including the use of encryption, in announcing a breach involving the apparent theft of three back-up unencrypted portable hard drives.
Bank of America branches in Greater Detroit were reportedly flooded this past weekend, after several BofA debit cardholders noticed fraudulent transactions on their accounts. A BofA spokesperson says "There was no breach at Bank of America."
As healthcare organizations digitize more patient information, they need to take five essential risk management steps to ensure that the data is secure and privacy is protected, says Raj Caudhary, a principal at the consulting firm Crowe Horwath.
At a time when some larger banking institutions are being fined for inadequate anti-money laundering measures, security manager Wendy Chapman says she's taking suspicious activity reporting seriously -- and the efforts are paying off.
"We are looking to build a cybersecurity workforce from the ground up, rather than hire those already trained," says Nicole Dean, Deputy Director of the National Cyber Security Division at DHS. "We are looking to hire the best and the brightest."
A draft of a Federal Health IT Strategic Plan provides a roadmap that the next national coordinator for health IT may use in spearheading many efforts, including protecting the privacy of healthcare information.
Phishing represented more than half of the 107,439 cyber incidents compiled by the U.S.-CERT for fiscal year 2010 from federal, state and local governments, commercial enterprises, American citizens and foreign CERT teams.
Skimming remains the top threat to ATMs worldwide, but certain regions are also seeing a rise in logical security breaches - malware - according to Chuck Somers, VP of ATM Security and Systems with Diebold, the global ATM supplier.
"In this future, cyber devices have innate capabilities that enable them to work together to anticipate and prevent cyber attacks and recover to a trusted state," says DHS Deputy Undersecretary Philip Reitinger.
International Airline Employees Federal Credit Union of Briarwood, N.Y., reported earlier this month that suspicious transactions from toll booths in France have been hitting the institution's Visa cards.