Risk News

2/21/2018
How the FTC Act, HIPAA Privacy Rule Impact Healthcare Orgs
"Collecting and sharing consumer health information is fairly standard practice for covered entities and their business assets."
Annie's take:

There's more than one government agency involved in monitoring healthcare organizations for violations.
2/20/2018
Global regulators neutral on new rules for 'hyped' fintech
"Global banking regulators signaled on Monday they were in no rush to adapt their rules to financial technology firms that have begun nibbling away at banks’ markets."
Annie's take:

"Volumes are still low" seems to be the rationale provided by global regulators at this time.
2/19/2018
State elections officials fret over cybersecurity threats
"At a conference of state secretaries of state in Washington, several officials said the government was slow to share information about specific threats faced by states during the 2016 election. According to the Department of Homeland Security, Russian government hackers tried to gain access to voter registration files or public election sites in 21 states."
Annie's take:

Entirely appropriate to start assessments now!
2/15/2018
FS-ISAC enables safer financial data sharing with API
"In an effort to keep consumer financial information and businesses safer from cyber attacks, the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) is providing a new API free of charge."
Annie's take:

Hats off to my friends and colleagues at FS-ISAC. This is a big win for everyone involved.
2/14/2018
How IoT, Edge Computing Can Impact HIT Infrastructure in 2018
"Many healthcare organizations are going through digital transformations and are interested in what evolving advanced technology is working for other entities. The Internet of Things (IoT) and edge computing are just two areas that could have significant impacts on HIT infrastructure in the coming year."
Annie's take:

Good analysis.
2/13/2018
America lost a cyberwar to Russia in 2016. When will we have truth?
"Trump’s fantasy of a military parade and Trump’s choice to release or block congressional memos about the Russia investigation were the two big stories of last week."
Annie's take:

Dwindling resources at Justice, State and Defense to get the story out.
2/12/2018
Looking Toward a More Just Society
"To ask whether a society is just is to ask how it distributes the things we prize--income and wealth, duties and rights, powers and opportunities, offices and honors."
Annie's take:

From my column: "We need to find a balance between bearing witness and enacting change that will lead to a more just society."
2/8/2018
New SEC Cyber Unit Hunts for Fraudsters
"The SEC's recently launched Cyber Unit, which the agency rolled out in September, is starting to show serious results. In late January, as Forbes reports, the SEC "obtained a court order halting an allegedly fraudulent initial coin offering (ICO), which targeted retail investors to fund what was claimed to be the world's first 'decentralized bank.'"
Annie's take:

Such good news!
2/8/2018
Olympics 2018: Drills Held In Pyeongchang Prepare For Threats Of Terrorism, War
"When Pyeongchang was awarded the 2018 Winter Olympic Games more than seven years ago, tensions in this region were much lower and North Korea did not have nuclear weapons thought capable of hitting the United States."
Annie's take:

These drills and other such scenario tests cannot be overvalued.
2/6/2018
Olympics 2018: Drills Held In Pyeongchang Prepare For Threats Of Terrorism, War
"When Pyeongchang was awarded the 2018 Winter Olympic Games more than seven years ago, tensions in this region were much lower and North Korea did not have nuclear weapons thought capable of hitting the United States."
Annie's take:

The importance of drills and scenario tests cannot be overemphasized.
2/5/2018
Hacking threats loom over 2018 Olympics
"Nation-state and criminal hackers are targeting the Winter Olympics at a rapidly increasing rate, raising fears of phishing scams, hacks and other disruptive attacks."
Annie's take:

Best advice for travelers to the Olympics: buy a burner phone and leave your smartphone at home.
2/2/2018
Appeals court: Twitter can’t be sued for “material support” of terrorism
"An appeals court has ruled that Twitter is not liable for the deaths of two American military contractors who were killed in Jordan in 2015."
Annie's take:

Seems entirely appropriate!
2/1/2018
War room to boardroom: The new era of cybersecurity
"Facebook’s hire of its first ever head of cybersecurity policy is recognition that protecting corporations from foreign hacking is an increasingly serious matter."
Annie's take:

"Corporate cybersecurity is not an IT problem."