Privacy & Security

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By Charles Ornstein 08:10 am December 31, 2015
After spending the past year reporting on loopholes and lax enforcement of the federal patient-privacy law known as HIPAA, ProPublica reporter Charles Ornstein has come to realize that it's not just celebrity patients who are at risk. We all are.
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By Charles Ornstein 09:44 am December 30, 2015
Regulators have logged dozens, even hundreds, of complaints against some health providers for violating federal patient privacy law. Warnings are doled out privately, but sanctions are imposed only rarely. Companies say they take privacy seriously.
By Jessica Davis 10:58 am December 28, 2015
The law lays out a plan for instituting better security in healthcare but it will require a lot of work to get there.
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By Bernie Monegain 10:30 am December 28, 2015
As the year 2015 draws to a close with a warning that healthcare -- more than ever before -- has become a target for cyber security attacks, we list the most recent data breaches reported to the HHS Office for Civil Rights.
National Science Foundation
By Bernie Monegain 09:50 am December 23, 2015
The National Science Foundation will provide a $10 million grant to researchers at several top universities to support their work on cloud and mobile network security in healthcare.
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By Bernie Monegain 03:36 pm December 21, 2015
Data security firm Digital Guardian has acquired $66 million in new capital it will use to bolster its roster of products for data protection, advanced threat protection and endpoint detection and response.
Man using smartphone
By Mike Miliard 10:37 am December 18, 2015
Healthcare organizations are bulking up their privacy protections with firewalls, encryption, data loss prevention software and more, but the much lower-tech visual hacking threat is still a concern, according to a new 3M educational campaign.
By Tom Sullivan 03:26 pm December 15, 2015
The National Institute of Standards and Technology plans to ratchet up its two-year-old security offering, dubbed the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, and has put out a public call for user feedback.
University of Washington Medical Center
By Bernie Monegain 10:18 am December 15, 2015
In 2013, the electronic protected health information of about 90,000 individuals was accessed after an employee downloaded an email attachment that contained malicious malware.
Person with Apple Watch
By Bernie Monegain 11:29 am December 14, 2015
Symantec expects the healthcare industry will see more and worse of just about everything in 2016 ranging from cybercrime and data breaches to ransomware and attacks against infrastructure.

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