Some health care providers, such as doctors, chiropractors, dentists and massage therapists, have responded to negative reviews on ratings sites such as Yelp by sharing patients' details online, a habit that appears to violate HIPAA, the federal patient privacy law that prohibits them from disclosing health information without patient permission. Details of patients that have been divulged online include their diagnoses, peculiarities and treatments.
House Oversight Committee member Rep. Elijah Cummings said the GOP's proposed funding cuts are a "ticking time bomb" and hurt government agencies' ability to protect their data from hackers. "We cannot expect federal agencies to modernize, replace and strengthen their information systems against determined, sophisticated cyberattackers without giving them the resources and tools they need to do so," he said.
VetTechTrek is raising funds on Kickstarter for an e-learning platform aimed at connecting military veterans with companies and jobs in the tech sector. The nonprofit started hosting in-person "treks" about a year ago to connect veterans with companies, but a virtual platform could serve the growing number of veterans and companies who are interested in participating.
The recent breaches involving banks and the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication payments network highlight the need for security measures to be taken by everyone, says Gartner analyst Avivah Litan. Technology and security measures exist to prevent further incidents of this type, she contends.
Health care providers can help prevent unauthorized access to patient data by holding the immediate business associates of doctors, clinics and hospitals liable for the safety and security of data, by creating dual wireless networks for people in the waiting room and for staff, and by limiting access to the network through the use of a subnetwork. Providers should also conduct annual mandatory HIPAA security risk evaluations and ensure that employees are informed and trained on HIPAA regulations.
America's nukes are controlled using software that's kept on ancient 8-inch floppy disks -- the antecedents of 5.25-inch and 3.5-inch disks, which are now themselves entirely obsolete. Officials say the archaic system actually boosts security, since it's too primitive for hackers to gain access to with modern technology.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise it touting a set of encryption tools fit for government-grade protection. "Unlike traditional encryption technologies which protect at rest, at the database or storage 'container' level, HPE SecureData protects information at the data element level, over the entire data lifecycle -- from the point at which it's captured, throughout its movement across the organization," said HP Enterprise's Albert Biketi.
Barracuda Networks' former vice president of sales, Ezra Hookano, is returning to the company from Fusion-io to take over as vice president of channels. The company also appointed Hatem Naguib, previously of VMware, as senior vice president and general manager of the security business.
North Korea is responsible for bank cyberattacks in Bangladesh, the Philippines and Vietnam, Symantec says in a blog post. Malware used to attack the banking system is similar to one used in an attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2014, which the US blames on North Korea.
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