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Beyond compliance: Advanced management and security practices for health data

As several recent, private sector breaches have illustrated, personally identifiable information, or PII, is not immune to cyber threats. 

Social Security numbers weren't encrypted in compromised OPM database, says Archuleta

The Social Security numbers of some 4 million current and former workers that were potentially compromised in a breach of an Office of Personnel Management database were not encrypted, said OPM Director Katherine Archuleta.

4M feds could be affected in OPM hack

Hackers breached the Office of Personnel Management's computer systems and potentially compromised the personal data of about 4 million current and former employees, according to a statement from the agency emailed to reporters June 4.

NIST issues draft de-identification guidance for personally identifiable information

In a new draft publication, the National Institute of Standards and Technology explores techniques for de-identification and summarizes almost 20 years of research. 

Federal employees among those at risk by massive Premera security breach

The personal health information of tens of thousands of federal employees may have been compromised by the recently divulged security breach at Premera Blue Cross, which is based in Washington state.

Does HIPAA make it too easy for hackers to steal digital health information?

When computer hackers gained access to the names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, member IDs, home and email addresses and employment information of 80 million Anthem Inc. customers, they also may have exposed the security vulnerabilities of electronic health information, according to the Congressional Research Service.

Cummings dives deeper into OPM data breach

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) is seeking more information on a recent Office of Personnel Management data breach that could have exposed the personally identifiable information of nearly 50,000 federal employees.

USPS breach compromised employee PII

Information systems at the Postal Service were recently compromised, potentially allowing access to employees' personally identifiable information. Breach data may include names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, addresses, beginning and end dates of employment and emergency contact information, said USPS in a Nov. 10 statement (pdf).

Open government is not without privacy challenges, finds paper

In an effort to be more transparent and participatory governments are making more data publicly available in machine-readable formats and under open licenses, but such noble aims are not immune to privacy issues, says  a paper  published June 18 in  Future Internet, a Switzerland-based scholarly journal.

HHS officials defend security of healthcare.gov

Three information technology officials from the Health and Human Services Department vouched for the security of healthcare.gov at a sometimes contentious House Oversight Committee hearing Jan. 16. No attacks on the site have been successful, said Kevin Charest, HHS's chief information security officer. He also called the code behind one widely  reported  denial-of-service attack attempt "rudimentary."