Only one of three national breach notification bills that won approval in the Senate Judiciary Committee last week would address a gap in protections for healthcare information, says Harley Geiger of the Center for Democracy & Technology.
Information security poses a major challenge to the widespread adoption of cloud computing, yet the Cloud Security Alliance, an association of cloud stakeholders, sees the cloud as a provider of information security services.
Former CIA lawyer and senior congressional staffer Suzanne Spaulding will assume the Federal Protective Service, Infrastructure Protection, Risk Management and U.S.-Visit portfolios. Current Acting Deputy Undersecretary Greg Schaffer will oversee cybersecurity.
Federal authorities deserve credit for adding privacy and security details to the final version of the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, several observers say. But some still believe the document doesn't go far enough in spelling out specific action steps and priorities.
Merging government agencies responsible for physical and information security into a single operation makes sense, says Michigan's new chief security officer, Dan Lohrmann. After all, he says, the same technologies used to allow entry to a building also can be deployed to permit access to a sensitive database.
As smartphone usage grows, so do emerging threats of mobile malware. When it comes to mobile banking security, financial institutions can only do so much. Security solutions will have to come from mobile vendors, says ENISA's Giles Hogben.
Mobile apps and smartphone security are increasing global concerns. But Dr. Giles Hogben of ENISA says mobile malware mania is a bit overhyped, since mobile is actually more secure than most other platforms currently on the market.
News about recent healthcare information breaches offers an important reminder: Monitoring the privacy and security procedures of your business associates should be a vital component of any breach prevention strategy.