Securing Health Data Means Going Well Beyond HIPAA
The National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center (NH-ISAC) warns that health providers have focused on complying with the data privacy concerns embodied in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) – yet failed to pay enough attention to data integrity and security.
Today’s shortage of skilled cybersecurity professionals won’t end overnight, but the answer to solving the shortage may be here. It’s the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework. By defining a common language to describe the skills, knowledge and requirements needed to fill each type of cyber job, the framework provides a baseline for understanding which can be shared by employers, educators and workers alike.
The first cyber standard for the Internet of Things provides an object lesson: While any standard is better than no standard, the changing nature of threats means security will remain a moving target and the new standard does not absolve its users from ongoing vigilance against emerging threats.
Static and dynamic analysis can expose hidden flaws in software and help assure programming is efficient, secure and maintainable from the start. That’s a whole lot better than finding out the hard way: after a breach or failure.
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President Donald Trump is calling for agencies to embrace big change, bold thinking and outsider perspectives to transform government technology. The White House kicked off tech week by hosting 18 private sector technology leaders from companies such as Amazon, Apple and Google at the American Technology Council meeting on June 19.
The Health and Human Services Department’s cyber threat sharing center hasn’t reached initial operating capacity yet, but a pair of senators already wonder if it’s a redundant effort.
Terri Bettinger paid close attention to the recent cyberattacks on the websites of Ohio government agencies, banks and other businesses. She hoped to learn lessons to better defend the information she oversees.
Bettinger is the chief information officer for Franklin County and head of its Data Center, which collects, stores and protects government data from property tax bills to court and medical records. She knows the system will be hacked.
The Census Bureau will forge ahead with its plans to tally and mark addresses in fiscal 2017 and with its 2018 tests to ensure that new technologies and methodologies are ready for the decennial census in 2020.
Many current and former federal employees who signed up for identity protection services after the cyber theft of their personal information soon will have to re-enroll to keep that coverage, administration officials said Monday.
America’s spirit of ingenuity and entrepreneurship created the world’s most innovative economy and keeps us dominant in today’s digital age. Indeed, in 1985 about 2,000 people used the Internet; today, 3.2 billion people do. What started out as a useful tool for a few is now a necessity for all of us—as essential for connecting people, goods, and services as the airplane or automobile.
The General Services Administration is tapping into another type of California veteran for its new commissioner of its Technology Transformation Service.
The Veterans Affairs Department will implement the same electronic health records platform as the Defense Department, according to an announcement today from Secretary David Shulkin.
Corporate cybersecurity experts told senators that the U.S. government should launch offensive cyber-missions against hackers who attack and steal information from American companies.