A proposed federal rule that would pave the way for formation of Accountable Care Organizations to coordinate care of chronically ill Medicare patients emphasizes the need to protect the privacy of information shared among ACO participants.
Patrick Gorman, a former associate director of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, is the new chief information security officer and senior vice president at Bank of America, the nation's largest bank company.
"We really need to speak the language of business and focus less on the language of IT, and that involves risk management" Iowa CISO Jeff Franklin says. "You really need to target those resources to your most critical systems."
NACHA has posted an alert about a targeted phishing scam that appears to be hitting recipients up for ACH transaction details. Reports of phishing e-mails appearing to be from the Internal Revenue Service have also cropped up this week.
"The trend here is the level of fines that the regulators are putting out there," says Tony Wicks, AML and fraud-detection expert. "$7 million does not sound that great, but for the size of an institution like Pacific National, it is substantial."
Although many hospitals and clinics are paying attention to HIPAA and HITECH Act compliance, they also need to train their staffs on how to crack down on identity theft and credit card fraud, security specialists say.
Former New York State CISO Will Pelgrin is expanding his influence over information security nationwide as chief executive officer of the newly revised Center for Internet Security that encompasses MS-ISAC and the U.S. Cyber Challenge.
Although many organizations are using encryption to protect data on mobile devices, they're often overlooking other important ways to prevent health information breaches, says Terrell Herzig, information security officer at UAB Medicine.
Known as the Citizen Patrol Unit, the group of some 30 civilian volunteers has been tasked with monitoring pay-at-the pump terminals throughout one community, looking for signs of tampered terminals or the installation of illegal skimming devices.
While Japan's nuclear emergency puts local citizens at risk, there is much that organizations globally can learn from the crisis. "I hope that all of us look at this and ask 'What can I do to be better prepared?'" says Regina Phelps, disaster recovery expert.