HIMSS: More hospital security breaches in 2010, but greater awareness
By Dissent, April 10, 2010 6:02 am
The number of healthcare facilities that reported a breach in security that requires notification increased 6 percent from 13 percent in 2008 to 19 percent in 2010, according to the 2010 HIMSS Analytics report on the security of patient data, commissioned by Kroll Fraud Solutions.
“The positive impact…is that there is a growing level of awareness around the state of patient data security in the U.S. healthcare industry related to the increased regulation and the policies put in place to comply with those rules,” the authors wrote. However, the report warned there is concern that the security practices in place continue to overemphasize “checklist” mentality for compliance without implementing more sustainable changes.
Among the respondents who reported a breach out of the 250 respondents that participated in the research, nearly three-quarters reported their organization had one (43 percent) or two (28 percent) breaches in the past 12 months. Another 15 percent reported 10 or more breaches during this time, according to the report. The remaining 15 percent had three to nine breaches during the time.
Read more on CMIO.
[From the article:
There continues to be a lack of awareness of the “extremely high costs” associated with a healthcare breach, the report found. Only 15 percent were concerned about a financial impact of a breach, down from 18 percent in 2008. ... Full enforcement of HITECH [Act]--including sanctions--which took effect Feb. 22, will make the costs associated with a breach even more burdensome,” the report stated.
Last State Without a Breach Notice Law? Not Mississippi
April 9, 2010 by admin
Tanya Forsheit reports:
Yesterday, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour approved Mississippi’s first breach notification law, House Bill 583, leaving only four states without a notification law (Alabama, Kentucky, New Mexico, and South Dakota).
Read more on InformationLawGroup.
The law goes into effect July 1, 2011.
“Never ascribe to malice that which can adequately be explained by incompetence” Napoleon Bonaparte(?) “Never assume incompetence that which is a test of a cyber war tactic.” Bob
Chinese ISP Hijacks the Internet (Again)
Posted by Soulskill on Friday April 09, @04:39PM
"For the second time in two weeks, bad networking information spreading from China has disrupted the Internet. On Thursday morning, bad routing data from a small Chinese ISP called IDC China Telecommunication was re-transmitted by China's state-owned China Telecommunications, and then spread around the Internet, affecting Internet service providers such as AT&T, Level3, Deutsche Telekom, Qwest Communications, and Telefonica. 'There are a large number of ISPs who accepted these routes all over the world,' said Martin A. Brown, technical lead at Internet monitoring firm Renesys. Brown said the incident started just before 10 am Eastern and lasted about 20 minutes. During that time the Chinese ISP transmitted bad routing information for between 32,000 and 37,000 networks, redirecting them to IDC instead of their rightful owners. These networks included about 8,000 US networks, including those operated by Dell, CNN, Starbucks, and Apple. More than 8,500 Chinese networks, 1,100 in Australia, and 230 owned by France Telecom were also affected."
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The bad routes may have simply caused all Internet traffic to these networks to not get through, or they could have been used to redirect traffic to malicious computers in China.
While the incident appears to have been an accident, it underscores the weakness of the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), a critical, but obscure, protocol used to bind the Internet together.
… For some reason, IDC China Telecommunication announced routes for tens of thousands of networks -- about 10% of the Internet. Typically this small ISP announces about 30 routes.
“...because we need to know what a bear does in the woods.”
US Forest Service admits putting surveillance cameras on public lands
April 9, 2010 by Dissent
FourthAmendment.com alerts us to this report by Tony Bartelme:
Last month, Herman Jacob took his daughter and her friend camping in the Francis Marion National Forest. While poking around for some firewood, Jacob noticed a wire. He pulled on it and followed it to a video camera and antenna.
The camera didn’t have any markings identifying its owner, so Jacob took it home and called law enforcement agencies to find out if it was theirs, all the while wondering why someone would station a video camera in an isolated clearing in the woods.
He eventually received a call from Mark Heitzman of the U.S. Forest Service.
In a stiff voice, Heitzman ordered Jacob to turn it back over to his agency, explaining that it had been set up to monitor “illicit activities.” Jacob returned the camera but felt uneasy.
Why, he wondered, would the Forest Service have secret cameras in a relatively remote camping area? What do they do with photos of bystanders?
How many hidden cameras are they using, and for what purposes? Is this surveillance in the forest an effective law enforcement tool? And what are our expectations of privacy when we camp on public land?
Officials with the Forest Service were hardly forthcoming with answers to these and other questions about their surveillance cameras. When contacted about the incident, Heitzman said “no comment,” and referred other questions to Forest Service’s public affairs, who he said, “won’t know anything about it.”
Read more on IslandPacket.com.
I don’t know about you, but the thought of unseen eyes monitoring or surveilling us while camping is somewhat disturbing. So… what do they do with all the images and should there be signs posted warning people that campgrounds are under surveillance and that you may be caught on camera while crapping in the woods? Is Francis Marion an anomaly or is this a widespread issue?
The battle never ends.
File-Sharers Safe Until Music Biz Change Laws
Written by enigmax on April 09, 2010
After failing in their case against The Pirate Bay, a music copyrights group has announced it will give up trying to get sites blocked and will leave file-sharers alone. Not forever though. They will instead put all their efforts into getting the law changed. The IFPI said yesterday that it wants to bring this same strategy to your country soon.
(Related) Opinions differ, as do cultures.
No Linking To Japanese Newspaper Without Permission
Posted by timothy on Saturday April 10, @02:40AM
"Nikkei has taken efforts to preserve its paywall to absurd new levels: anyone wanting to link to the site must submit a formal application. [...] The New York Times, which reported on the new policy on Thursday, notes that the newspaper market in Japan is radically different from that in the US. Although some smaller outlets are experimenting with new ways of reaching readers, most papers require subscriptions to access online content, and the barriers have kept circulation of print editions quite high compared to the US. Nikkei management appears worried that links could provide secret passages to content that should be safely behind the paywall, and this fear has led to the new approval policy."
Is this part of Google's strategy? Install its own fiber networks then rank the sites that use it higher than those of competitors?
Google adds site speed to search mix
by Tom Krazit April 9, 2010 11:37 AM PDT
Google's famous recipe for determining how sites get ranked in search results has a new ingredient: site speed.
Two of Google's top search engineers--Google Fellow Amit Singhal and principal engineer Matt Cutts--announced the addition Friday, after hinting it would be coming for several months. It's actually been live for a few weeks, they said in a blog post Friday, and Google is using a variety of components to ascertain how much faster one Web page responds compared to another.
In general, one of Google's operating philosophies is that faster is better.
From the National “So much for science” Foundation? And we wonder why the US is falling behind the rest of the world in Science...
Evolution, Big Bang Polls Omitted From NSF Report
Posted by Soulskill on Friday April 09, @06:45PM
"In an unusual last-minute edit that has drawn flak from the White House and science educators, a federal advisory committee omitted data on Americans' knowledge of evolution and the Big Bang from a key report. The data shows that Americans are far less likely than the rest of the world to accept that humans evolved from earlier species and that the universe began with a big bang."
Mis-pelling in Akademric papers makes me krazy! (Only this isn't the case here.)
Weather to go to College
Source: The Economic Journal (via SSRN)
… Consistent with the notion that current weather conditions influence decisions about future academic activities, I find that an increase in cloudcover of one standard deviation on the day of the visit is associated with an increase in the probability of enrolment of 9 percentage points.