Posts Tagged ‘sanctions’

Strong security controls are necessary for more than just preventing hack attempts

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Recently I’ve heard in various discussion venues the argument that information security controls are an impediment to technology use, and that instead we should look at demotivating the hackers. With specific regard to medical devices, one commenter stated that generally, the best “bet in defending medical devices (as well as financial systems) is making the information useless/pointless for the attackers.”  This is a dangerous attitude, and minimizes the true value of data on the devices.

Considering data on any type of computing device is considered (more…)

UCLA Health System Pays $865K to Settle Celebrity Privacy HIPAA Violations

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Here’s yet another HIPAA violations penalty to add to what seems to be a quickly growing list.  In this case it was a violation of the minimum necessary access principle, in addition to providing the information to reporters, who then published the information.  And, it is likely based upon the required actions that go beyond the fine, that the policies, procedures, training, awareness, and access logging processes was lacking as well. (more…)

HIPAA Sanctions and Convictions Will Increase with HITECH Act & New Administration

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Upon reading and researching HIPAA and the impact of the HITECH Act upon it, basically broadening its applicability as well as adding new requirements for privacy breach notifications, I recently was compelled to write an article about what I foresee as likelihood that, after a very frustratingly slow start (by several years!) of HIPAA enforcement, increasingly more HIPAA sanctions will be made in the coming months and years.
SearchCompliance printed my article in three parts in their Compliance Tips section…