In today’s cybersecurity landscape, keeping data secure isn’t just about the measures that your business or organization takes to keep hackers out. With the rise of cloud computing, software-as-a-service, and other third-party vendors and services that require sensitive data sharing, the cybersecurity risk is now shared across various parties, platforms, and systems. Which is why comprehensive cyber risk assessment needs to include any and all external third parties that handle sensitive, confidential, or proprietary data.
When it comes to data that cyber criminals are after, defense and military information rank near (if not at) the top of the list. And its not something the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) federal government is taking lightly. Between cyber protection, support, and other teams, the DOD is on pace to have 133 teams of federal agencies dedicated specifically to cyber defense. In addition, the DOD is working with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to implement regulations that will also make sensitive data handled by DOD and government contractors secure as well.
From the largest hospitals in America to dentists and plastic surgeons, virtually everyone in the medical profession or anyone that deals with public health is affected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). HIPAA is the law of the land as it relates to standards for patient private data and medical record privacy, and non-compliance and HIPAA violations can come with stiff penalties.
One of the biggest hot-button topics for consumers, businesses, and governments worldwide is data privacy and security. And the discussion has gotten that much more heated as high profile cases continue to hit the news. But things are set to get a lot more interesting with the introduction of the European Unions new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which has just recently taken effect.