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Safe Harbor Fails, European Court Rules
News  |  10/6/2015  | 
The European Court of Justice has invalidated the Safe Harbor Framework as a way to comply with EU data laws.
Insider Threats, Data Privacy Are Overlooked By Businesses
News  |  10/2/2015  | 
Data security and data breaches are all over the news. However, not all companies are paying as close attention to insider threats and data privacy as they should. A new survey looks at the risks.
ICD-10: The Big Healthcare IT Change You Didn't Expect
Commentary  |  9/30/2015  | 
Updated medical classifications for billing purposes could cause problems for insurers, and may end up jacking up healthcare costs.
Blue Cross CIO: Big Data Can Fix Healthcare Quality, Costs
News  |  9/29/2015  | 
The Axis big data initiative at Blue Cross Blue Shield Association incorporates more than $350 billion in annual claims, 36 million provider records, and more than 700,000 BCBS patient reviews, all with the goal of helping healthcare consumers make informed decisions. BCBSA CIO Doug Porter takes us through the project.
8 Epic Software Fails: From Volkswagen To IRS
Slideshows  |  9/29/2015  | 
While Volkswagen's recent software scandal raises serious ethical concerns, it's certainly not the only remarkable software failure this year. Here's a rundown of what can happen when good software goes bad. As we head into fourth quarter 2015, we can't help but wonder what's next.
France Rejects Google's 'Right To Be Forgotten' Appeal
News  |  9/21/2015  | 
Google is told it must respect Europe's "right to be forgotten" across all its domains.
Smartwatches, Activity Trackers Driving Wearables Beyond Healthcare
Commentary  |  9/17/2015  | 
A new survey of large enterprises finds a good deal of interest in wearables, especially smartwatches, that is driving the market to look beyond novel healthcare and fitness uses.
Apple Watch, Android Devices Driving Wearables Market
News  |  9/14/2015  | 
The Apple Watch and Android-based wearable devices are expected to lead the market during the next four years, according to IDC latest report.
Sony SmartBand 2 Boasts New Heart Rate Monitor
News  |  8/20/2015  | 
The SmartBand 2, Sony's latest fitness wearable, offers a heart rate monitor plus other popular features, including a sleep tracker and activity tracker.
Keyless Security Not So Secure
News  |  8/14/2015  | 
A suppressed security paper shines a light on the shortcomings of the cryptography used to protect keyless vehicle access systems.
Google Glass Eyes Enterprise, Healthcare Firms
News  |  8/1/2015  | 
Although the first edition of Google Glass didn't take off, the company is retooling the device for specialty industries such as healthcare and energy.
IBM, CVS Partner On Watson-Based Patient Care
Commentary  |  7/30/2015  | 
A new agreement by IBM and CVS will use Watson to better manage patient care. However, there are a few concerns about privacy.
Google Lets Cloud Customers Supply Encryption Keys
News  |  7/28/2015  | 
Users of Google Compute Engine can now provide their own keys to secure data, turning Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) into even more of a self-service affair.
Online Security: How The Experts Keep Safe
News  |  7/27/2015  | 
Google researchers have compared the security practices of experts to non-experts, and identified several ways that typical Internet users can improve their online security.
Twitter Security Pro: Encryption Isn't Enough
News  |  7/23/2015  | 
Companies need to focus on developing secure coding practices and security education.
Google Fights Export Controls For 'Intrusion Software'
News  |  7/21/2015  | 
Proposed export rules could hobble cybersecurity research, Google claims.
14 Security Fails That Cost Executives Their Jobs
Slideshows  |  7/14/2015  | 
Katherine Archuleta, the director of the Office of Personnel Management, is the latest casualty of a data breach, but she's certainly not the only one. There's no job security when your job is security.
Encryption Hinders Investigations: FBI Chief
News  |  7/8/2015  | 
The Senate Judiciary Committee heard a different story from technologists, who argue that surveillance has never been easier.
The Threat Of Artificial Intelligence
Commentary  |  7/3/2015  | 
Super-intelligent robots deserve some concern, but really we should be paying more attention to the people and processes involved in building our machines.
Winning The War: The Evolution Of Cybercrime
Commentary  |  6/11/2015  | 
It's no longer acceptable for businesses to play the victim when cybercrime strikes. Companies of all sizes must take action.
Fitness Bands Lead Wearables During First Quarter
Commentary  |  6/3/2015  | 
Smartwatches account for only one quarter of wearables shipped during the first three months of the year, according to IDC. Can the Apple Watch change that?
Android Factory Reset Leaves Your Data Exposed: Study
News  |  5/25/2015  | 
Flaws in Googleís Android operating system mean the factory-reset option is unlikely to permanently wipe all your data -- or master token -- from the device.
Atlantic Health Automates ID With Biometrics
News  |  4/28/2015  | 
Palm vein scans are helping staff pull up patient records more efficiently and securely. One of eight Elite 100 Business Innovation award winners.
Apple's ResearchKit Targets Fitness, Healthcare Markets
News  |  4/15/2015  | 
Apple's ResearchKit is an open-source framework designed for the healthcare and fitness markets as a way to collect data and analyze larger groups of patients.
Hacking Vulnerable Medical Equipment Puts Millions at Risk
Partner Perspectives  |  4/10/2015  | 
Hospitals and medical device manufacturers need to start doing more to detect and thwart incoming attacks on networks and devices.
Apple Watch Reviews: It's Not For Everyone
Commentary  |  4/8/2015  | 
Early testers of the Apple Watch suggest it is the best smartwatch yet, but they admit that people don't necessarily need smartwatches. That is, at least not yet.
Apple Watch Looks To Win Where Android Wear Failed
Commentary  |  2/18/2015  | 
The key differences in the company's approach to wearables will set the Apple Watch apart from Android Wear and other competitors.
Anthem Hack: Lessons For IT Leaders
Commentary  |  2/12/2015  | 
There are two key lessons that IT can learn from the Anthem breach.
InformationWeek Live: Big Week, Big Show
Commentary  |  2/5/2015  | 
Join us for a roundup of the biggest stories from a big week at for the week of Feb. 1.
5 Critical Cloud Security Practices
Commentary  |  1/29/2015  | 
CloudPassage CTO Amrit Williams details five steps to achieve a level of cloud security that goes beyond mere compliance.
Health IT In 2015: What's In The Cards?
Slideshows  |  12/31/2014  | 
Healthcare CIOs need to build on existing groundwork to improve compliance and efficiency in what should be a demanding year.
The Cost Of Healthcare Data Access
Commentary  |  12/29/2014  | 
Does every healthcare department really need around-the-clock access to every file or image, or could security be tightened?
Don't Mug Me For My Password!
Commentary  |  12/22/2014  | 
In today's information-based world, crooks are targeting mobile devices -- and the data on them. The healthcare industry is particularly vulnerable.
Healthcare Security In 2015: 9 Hotspots
Slideshows  |  12/10/2014  | 
With data breaches growing, 2015 promises to be the healthcare industry's most challenging security year yet. These nine areas demand attention in 2015.
Google Gets Better At Spotting Humans
News  |  12/3/2014  | 
Google's revised reCAPTCHA test promises to help website users solve security puzzles faster -- unless they are using a browser's private mode or some other privacy measure.
CDOs: Right For Healthcare C-Suite?
News  |  12/2/2014  | 
With the rise of data and the increasing importance of how it's handled, chief data officers have become a popular addition across industries. Healthcare organizations need CDOs just as much, say experts.
FDA Scrutinizes Networked Medical Device Security
Commentary  |  12/1/2014  | 
Federal agencies are trying to address threats to the privacy and security of people using connected medical devices.
What Healthcare Can Learn From CHS Data Breach
Commentary  |  11/25/2014  | 
Security breach that exposed personal data on 4.5 million Tennessee healthcare system patients offers key lessons to prevent similar cyber attacks.
Ghostery Makes Privacy Marketable
News  |  11/24/2014  | 
Service that blocks Web tracking code turns out to be good for business, too.
OCR Audits: Donít Fall Victim To Past Mistakes
Commentary  |  11/21/2014  | 
The Office of Civil Rights is not out to get you. But it does expect you to make good-faith efforts at protecting patient data.
TRUSTe Not So Trustworthy
News  |  11/17/2014  | 
Privacy certification company has agreed to pay $200,000 to settle FTC charges that it deceived consumers.
InformationWeek 2014 Healthcare IT Priorities Survey
Steal Our Slides  |  11/14/2014  | 
Health IT pros are focused on government mandates and programs, which leaves little time to optimize the new technology they've added over the last few years.
Americans Doubt They Can Protect Their Privacy
News  |  11/13/2014  | 
A Pew Research Center study finds broad concern about government and corporate data gathering, along with a desire for more government regulation of data gathering.
Virtualization Delivers For Children's Miracle Network
News  |  11/12/2014  | 
Children's Miracle Network, which helps 170 partner hospitals raise money, wants to generate $1 billion annually through 2022. New virtualization infrastructure is helping to realize this goal.
Data Breaches: 8 Tips For Board-Level Discussions
Commentary  |  11/10/2014  | 
Recent high-profile breaches put you in the board's spotlight on security. Here's how to shine.
Digitizing Healthcare On The State Level
Commentary  |  11/7/2014  | 
A state initiative spurs digital healthcare innovation, blurring the lines between healthcare and human services.
Facebook Adds Tor Support
News  |  10/31/2014  | 
Facebook wants to allow people to use its service without being watched or censored. Is that some kind of privacy oxymoron?
VA Buckles Down On Cyber Security, Program Management
News  |  10/30/2014  | 
Agency refocuses IT priorities on data protection, on-time project delivery to overcome past poor performance.
Real-Time Analytics Can Help Stop Ebola
Commentary  |  10/29/2014  | 
Data analytics can improve disease-related processes to mitigate human suffering and ensure that future outbreaks are managed more effectively.
Is US Tech Policy Ready For A Zombie Apocalypse?
Commentary  |  10/29/2014  | 
Current digital policies don't adequately cover dead people, much less zombies. As we approach Halloween, here are five digital policies that need updating.
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