Because cybercriminals are targeting the healthcare sector, organizations must regularly assess the security risks in all their applications, not just those containing protected health information, says risk management expert Angel Hoffman.
Despite their limited resources, smaller healthcare provider organizations must overcome "paralysis" and ramp up efforts to safeguard information systems or risk becoming potential gateways for breaches at larger organizations, says Michael Kaiser of the National Cyber Security Alliance.
Banking institutions and associations are demanding that the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council make significant changes to its Cybersecurity Assessment Tool. What action, if any, will regulators take in response?
The FFIEC's Cybersecurity Assessment Tool needs to be redesigned, as the tool's current design sets institutions up for cyber-risk assessment failure. Industry leaders say they're hopeful that change is on the way because the FFIEC is reviewing a second wave of comments about the tool's efficacy.
A federal official's comments this week that the government is "ending" the HITECH Act's "meaningful use" incentive program for electronic health records is raising numerous questions, including what's next for health data privacy and security regulations.
The primary mission of the new Global Cyber Alliance is to identify measurable ways to mitigate cyberthreats facing the public and private sectors, says Phil Reitlinger, a former DHS official and Sony CISO, who heads the new group.
Reports on the Ukrainian energy supplier hack have left many crucial questions unanswered: Who was involved, did malware directly trigger a blackout and are other suppliers at risk from similar attacks? Cybersecurity experts offer potential answers.
The FFIEC's Cybersecurity Assessment Tool is already being integrated into regulators' cybersecurity examinations, says Gartner analyst Avivah Litan. But the tool has so far led to more confusion than clarity, she says, and must be enhanced in 2016.
Conflicting cybersecurity guidance from banking regulators and a federal agency is making it more difficult for CISOs to set priorities, says Chris Feeney, president of BITS, the technology and policy division of the Financial Services Roundtable.
To guard against health data breaches, healthcare organizations must demand more proof that their business associates are safeguarding patient data and mitigating related risks, says privacy and security expert Daniel Schroeder.
In its sixth HIPAA resolution agreement so far in 2015, the HHS Office for Civil Rights has announced a settlement with the University of Washington Medicine that includes a $750,000 penalty. It's the first HIPAA enforcement case stemming from the investigation of a phishing-related breach.
TalkTalk's confusion in the wake of its recent data breach, as well as mangling of technical details and failure to encrypt customer data, demonstrate the importance of having an incident-response plan ready in advance of any breach, experts say.
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The National Institute of Standards and Technology has issued a Guide to Application Whitelisting that provides step-by-step instructions on deploying automated application whitelisting to help prevent malware from accessing IT systems.