"Once you get over the idea that we don't have permanent world peace, and people may need to attack each other in particular circumstances ... then maybe there's a lot of good things to say about cyberweapons," says Peter Sommer of the London School of Economics' Information Systems and Innovation Group.
NACHA's CEO says ACH-related fraud is often over-hyped, and occurs far less often than check- and payment card-related fraud. But when corporate accounts are breached, fraudulent ACH transactions lead to big financial losses.
Sheryl Rose, the first chief information security officer at Catholic Health Initiatives, is leading efforts to implement a comprehensive security strategy as the organization rolls out electronic health records.
In the second major healthcare hacking attempt reported to federal authorities in recent weeks, a Tampa practice has notified 156,000 individuals that a hacker accessed a server containing its practice management system, which stores patient information.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the government will fully deploy the Einstein 2 threat detection system by year's end and will begin implementing in 2011 Einstein 3, with the aim to automatically detect and disrupt malicious cyber activity.
Some physician group practices that already have an electronic health record system are playing a game of "hurry up and wait" when it comes to qualifying for HITECH Act EHR incentive payments and bringing their security plans up to date.