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HHS: Administrative Safeguards Keep Yammer Use Secure

September 1, 2015 - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reportedly will continue to use a social application that the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) found to have potential security vulnerabilities. With the right administrative safeguards in place, an HHS representative explained that the department is working to ensure the tool is being used properly. Last...


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VA Reports Decrease in July PHI Data Breach Notifications

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reported a 6.7 percent decrease in PHI related incidents for July, along with an overall decrease in the number of veterans potentially affected by a data security incident. In its July report to Congress,...

Healthcare Cyberattack Reported by 81% of Execs, Says Survey

A healthcare cyberattack is something that no organization wants to experience, but if recent data is any indication, the healthcare industry is lagging when it comes to implementing necessary security measures. A recent survey from KPMG found...

Illinois Governor Vetoes Data Breach Notification Bill

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner issued an amendatory veto on a data breach notification bill that would have extended the type of information to be protected to include medical, health insurance, biometric, consumer marketing, and geolocation...

Employee Negligence Top Health Data Breach Issue, Report Says

A large portion of health data breach incidents are tied to insider activity, employee negligence, and physical theft of devices, according to a recent SurfWatch report. The 2015 Mid-Year Cyber Risk Report found that personal information is increasingly...

VA Possibly Vulnerable to Data Breach Through Social App

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was found to be potentially vulnerable to a possible data breach through employees’ use of a social media application, according to a recent report from the VA Office of Inspector General (OIG). The...

OPM Data Breach Leads to Another Class Action Suit

A second class action lawsuit has been filed against the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), following the large scale OPM data breach that took place earlier this year. Judge Teresa J. McGarry...

Advocate Data Breach Lawsuit Decision Upheld

An Illinois court cleared the case against Advocate Medical Group, saying that the Advocate data breach lawsuit was “clearly speculative” and lacked standing. The case against Advocate alleged that the organization had compromised...

What Healthcare Can Learn from the OPM Data Breach

The US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced earlier this summer that it had fallen victim to a large-scale cybersecurity attack. The OPM data breach further proved that regardless of size, all organizations need to ensure they have...

HHS Hit With Five Data Security Breaches in Three Years

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has suffered from five data security breaches within the last three years, according to a recent report by the House Energy & Commerce Committee. Five operating divisions were hit with a data...

MIE Health Data Breach Leads to Class Action Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE), months after it was discovered that a health data breach had taken place at the software company, potentially affecting millions of patients across the country....

Children’s National Health Data Breach Leads to Lawsuit

Children’s National Health System is facing a class-action lawsuit following a health data breach where 18,000 patients potentially had their information compromised. The incident took place toward the end of 2014, and occurred when Children’s...

Is Health Data Security Improved or Hindered with CISOs?

Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) are often thought of as having a critical role in a healthcare organization’s health data security measures. However, if a recent survey is any indication, not everyone else in the C-suite necessarily...

UCLA Faces Lawsuit After Health Data Breach

UCLA Health System is facing a class action case in California federal court, following a health data breach that potentially affected 4.5 million patients, according to Law360. The plaintiff, Michael Allen, argues that UCLA Health was negligent...

How Are Spear Phishing and Cyber Threats Impacting Pharma?

Spear phishing is becoming an increasingly important issue in the healthcare industry. Cyber criminals have evolved their approach, and are even beginning to target high-ranking healthcare professionals in attempts to gain access to sensitive...

VA Q2 Report Shows Increase in Data Breach Notification

The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) released its Q2 report to Congress and is seeing a 12.2 percent increase in the number of data breach notification letters being sent out to veterans. In the Q2 report, the VA reported a total of...

New Healthcare Identity Protection Services for BCBS Customers

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association announced earlier this week that its customers will have access to new healthcare identity protection services starting January 1, 2016. The new services will be available on an opt-in basis, and members...

Health Data Breaches Lead to Lawsuits for Florida Hospital

Florida Hospital suffered from two health data breaches over the last four years, and is now facing potential class action lawsuits. The first health data breach occurred when Florida Hospital employees Dale Munroe and Katrina Munroe were accused...

State Data Breach Notification Laws Critical, Say State AGs

It is essential that a federal data breach notification law does not preempt state laws, according to the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). The group wrote a letter to Congress this week, explaining that as many current state...

Conn. Governor Signs Data Breach Security Bill into Law

Connecticut officially changed its data breach security notification process, as Governor Dannell Malloy signed a proposed bill into law earlier this week. S.B. 949 was designed in an effort to create greater assurances around data security for...

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