Oracle announced on Monday that it plans to acquire healthcare technology vendor Cerner Corp. in an all-cash deal valued at $28.3 billion, which is expected to close by the end of 2022. But what are the potential health data privacy and security implications?
In the latest weekly update, four editors at Information Security Media Group discuss important cybersecurity issues, including mitigating the Apache Log4j zero-day vulnerability, findings from a new report analyzing the Conti ransomware attack on Ireland's Health Services Executive and President Biden's drive to...
A New Jersey cancer treatment center and two of its affiliated entities have agreed to pay $425,000 and to bolster data security and privacy practices in a settlement with state regulators in the wake of two related 2019 data breaches.
Federal regulators are warning healthcare sector entities worldwide that an authentication vulnerability in a variety of Hillrom Welch Allyn cardio products, if exploited, could allow attackers access to privileged accounts. Why is the flaw so worrisome for some healthcare IT environments?
A medical biller in Florida and an emergency medical technician in New York have each pleaded guilty in two separate federal cases involving the criminal misuse of patient information. One case involved healthcare fraud and identity theft, and the other criminal HIPAA violations.
The Department of Health and Human Services has revealed its taken enforcement actions against five more healthcare providers in cases involving alleged failure to comply with the HIPAA Privacy Rule right of access provision. One includes a rare civil monetary penalty, which was levied against a physician.
An Ohio-based DNA testing company reported to regulators that the information of more than 2.1 million individuals contained in a legacy database was accessed and acquired in a hacking incident detected in August. The archived database contained personal information collected more than a decade ago.
Criminals have been selling fake vaccine certificates online, claiming to be able to fool systems designed to verify the certificates' validity, researchers warn. Authorities, meanwhile, warn that fraudsters continue to target all things COVID-19, including selling scam vaccine passports.
Reports of NHS data being exposed following a ransomware attack on U.K.-based data capture and storage company Stor-a-File are incorrect, an NHS Digital spokesperson tells ISMG. "Most NHS data was held offline and not affected in the Stor-a-File hack."
A recent hack of a Utah medical radiology group's network server has compromised sensitive health information of more than a half-million individuals, ranking the incident among the 20 largest health data breaches posted on the federal tally so far this year. What are the risks to patients?
A criminal hack attack has disrupted healthcare in Canada's easternmost province and resulted in the theft of patient information and personal details for healthcare employees. The province of Newfoundland and Labrador disclosed the apparent ransomware attack on Oct. 30, and has yet to restore all systems.
The healthcare and pharmaceutical industry is a target for both criminal and state-sponsored threats.
More large healthcare data breaches were reported in 2020 than in any other year. Additionally, 2021 has seen five consecutive months where industry data breaches have been reported at a rate of two or more per...
MITRE, the not-for-profit organization that works across governmental and federal agencies, as well as various industrial verticals and academia, has set up The Cyber Infrastructure Protection Innovation Center and The Clinical Insights Innovation Cell to protect healthcare.
The acquisition of the SAFE Identity consortium and its trust framework by DirectTrust, best known for creating and maintaining trust frameworks for secure email messaging in healthcare, will help facilitate new secure health information exchange use cases, says DirectTrust CEO Scott Stuewe.
While the wait continues for the Biden administration to name a new leader for the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights, the HIPAA enforcement agency recently issued its 20th settlement to date in a case involving a patient "right of access" dispute.