Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Not funny: Seven men arrested over Amish hair-cutting attacks


Samuel Mullet and three of his sons are among those detained, prosecutors in Cleveland said.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Wonkbook: In supercommittee, Dems moved right and Republicans moved righter

Replace "supercommittee" with "everything" and you would have a fair assessment of the current Congress.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Encryption And Other Database Security Lag At Healthcare Organizations

Tech leaders warn policy makers that even as more electronic medical records flood health IT systems, security controls remain sparse


Healthcare and IT experts convened on Capitol Hill this week to warn Congress that as healthcare organizations are increasing the use of electronic medical records in light of federal mandates, they are not protecting these records within the database and elsewhere. Security professionals agree that in order for the public to trust these records, healthcare organizations need to start working on database security best practices -- the same first-order practices that any organization with minimal security should start with to shore up sensitive data stores.

"Simply stated, the effort to promote widespread adoption and use of health IT to improve individual and population health will fail if the public does not trust it," said Deven McGraw, director of the Health Privacy Project for the Center for Democracy, in testimony to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law (PDF) this week.

According to McGraw, even with certain safe harbor incentives in place for organizations to be exempt from costly breach notifications if exposed data is encrypted, statistics show that healthcare organizations are still not encrypting their data.

"The new breach notification provisions of HITECH provide an incentive for health care providers to encrypt health information using standards approved by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)," he said. "But we know from the statistics on breaches that have occurred since the notification provisions went into effect in 2009 that the health care industry appears to be rarely encrypting data."


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

NIST Issues Cloud Computing Roadmap Draft

NIST Issues Cloud Computing Roadmap

Guidance Aimed to Accelerate Cloud Adoption, Future Development
November 2, 2011 - Eric Chabrow, Executive Editor,

NIST issued late Tuesday a draft of its roadmap designed to help federal agencies not only to adopt cloud computing, but to support the further development of the cloud computing model.

NIST SP 500-29 July 5 2011

Special Publication 500‐291

NIST Cloud Computing
Standards Roadmap – Version 1.0