Data breaches hit all-time record high, increase 40% in 2016 

The number of U.S. data breaches tracked in 2016 hit an all-time record high of 1,093, according to a new report by the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and CyberScout. This represents a substantial hike of 40 percent over the near record high of 780 reported in 2015. This raises the question: are there actually[…]

Be Prepared for Many More Data Breaches This Year

LinkedIn, Tumblr, MySpace and a host of other social entities were not spared this year. Corporations too suffered their share of ignominy. There are no certainties in attack targets: no institution, government, organization or entity is immune against a data breach. Every year, the number of breach incidents surpass the record from the previous year.[…]

Data breaches through wearables put target squarely on IoT in 2017 

Forrester predicts that more than 500,000 internet of things (IoT) devices will suffer a compromise in 2017, dwarfing Heartbleed. Drop the mic — enough said.With the sheer velocity of how the distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks spread through common household items such as DVR players, makes this sector scary from a security standpoint.“Today, firms are developing[…]

Pharma adopts data-science culture in move toward AI

To whom does pharma turn when facing cutting-edge research challenges such as designing algorithms to comb unstructured EHR data hunting for undiagnosed patients? Who helps glean patient insights from digital data streams such as social media? Who is designing the value-based frameworks behind pharma’s latest wave of performance-based agreements with payers?These are just some of[…]

HealthMine: Consumers’ Digital Health Data Is Often Going Nowhere

Nearly half (46%) of Americans who use digital health tools say the data collected by these tools is not incorporated into their healthcare, according to HealthMine’s recent research, conducted with 2,500 consumers enrolled in health plans in 2016. In fact, three quarters (75%) of consumers who use mobile/internet-connected health apps are willing to share the[…]

Cyber ‘Smear’: Hackers Publish Olympians’ Medical Records 

In what a U.S. official said was a “smear” attack on American Olympians, hackers have posted online medical and drug testing records for top athletes including gymnast Simone Biles, tennis players Serena and Venus Williams and basketball player Elena Delle Donne.The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced online today that hackers, who were previously linked to[…]

HITRUST, Children’s Health Join to Combat Cyber Threats

The Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) and Children’s Health, the leading pediatric health care system in North Texas, have partnered to launch HITRUST CyberAid–a cyber solution for smaller health care organizations. HITRUST is an Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAO) that regularly engages in cyber risk management, and has evaluated gaps in cybersecurity at smaller[…]

Much ado about the ransomware scourge 

The Federal Trade Commission said it will hold a public workshop about all things ransomware on Sept. 7.“With alarming frequency, ransomware hackers are sneaking into consumer and business computers, encrypting files containing photos, documents and other important data, and then demanding a ransom in exchange for the key needed to decrypt the files. Consumers, businesses,[…]