Made up of 3,000 public utilities, the U.S. power grid has many weak links in its cyber defenses. Regulators can fine utilities for service outages, but a proposed federal program and recent Purdue University study say financial incentives will help firms make the right security investments.
A Baltimore, Maryland-based healthcare organization has agreed to spend nearly $8 million improving and maintaining its data security as "injunctive relief" to settle a class action lawsuit involving two data breaches that affected a total of about 540,000 individuals.
A U.S. federal jury found Joe Sullivan, former chief security officer of Uber, guilty of covering up a 2016 data breach that exposed the personal information of tens of millions of account holders. The trial was a landmark, likely marking the first time a chief security officer has faced criminal charges over an...
At the onset of the novel coronavirus public health emergency, regulators said they would not enforce certain potential HIPAA violations involving telehealth. But with that 2020 policy still in play, patients need to be better informed of telehealth's privacy and security risks.
A Maryland couple faces federal indictment for an alleged conspiracy to provide the Russian government with military medical records. Anna Gabrielian and U.S. Army Maj. Jamie Lee Henry supplied an undercover FBI agent with medical records of military personnel.
In the latest weekly update, ISMG editors discuss how organizations can comply with the new PCI DSS 4.0 requirements, whether other countries should follow the U.S. lead on legislating software bills of materials, and key strategies for CISOs preparing for an economic downturn.
The transition to PCI DSS v4.0 is a major inflection point for the payments industry – not only does it restructure how risk is assessed, but it also provides a better foundation for meeting ongoing technical innovation. While organizations with mature programs may need comparatively little uplift, all organizations...
Healthcare providers and their health IT vendors need more time to meet a pending federal deadline to comply with information-sharing regulations that pertain to an expanding set of electronic health information, say a slew of heavyweight lobbying groups in a letter to federal regulators.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday signed into law two bills containing privacy protections for information related to reproductive health and abortion, in the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling overturning Roe v. Wade. Other states may follow suit.
A congressional deal will ensure the U.S. Food and Drug Administration can continue collecting fees from medical device manufacturers but at the price of dropping increased cybersecurity mandates for the industry. Requiring manufacturers to patch devices had bipartisan support.
Should the now-former CSO of Uber have reported a security incident to authorities after discovering signs of unusual behavior? That's one of the big questions now being asked in the closely watched trial of Joe Sullivan, who's been charged with covering up a data breach and paying off hackers.
Credit card giant Capital One is moving past its 2019 hacking incident as federal regulators stop requiring quarterly updates on efforts to improve cybersecurity and a federal judge signs off on a $190 million settlement in a proposed class action lawsuit.
Errol Weiss, chief security officer of Health-ISAC for the past three years, watched the healthcare sector undergo a historic revolution in the digital delivery of services to patients. Also in that time, the attack surface grew exponentially. How can entities best defend it?
Recent hacking incidents involving an emergency medical transport company and a firm that provides billing services to ambulance companies underscore how protected health information is subject to risk and oversight alike before a patient even steps into a hospital.
The Department of Health and Human Services slapped three dental practices with fines and corrective action plans in its latest round of HIPAA enforcement actions involving patient right of access. The actions come just days after a new director of the Office for Civil Rights assumed office.