The General Hospital Corporation and Massachusetts General Physicians Organization Inc. (Mass General) has agreed to pay the U.S. government $1,000,000 to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today.
If anyone doubted that there is a cost to ignoring privacy regulations, $5.3 million in penalties doled out last week for violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) should put such doubt to rest. Not only is the government pursuing enforcement, but it is going to come down particularly hard on organizations that don’t take it seriously.
Microsoft also said it was close to getting FISMA certification for its BPOS services. It has already achieved the certification for its data centers and expects to complete the process for the applications within a month or so
Exeter Government Services of Gaithersburg, Md., will develop the toolkit under a contract valued at $720,000. The application will be posted on the NIST website when it’s completed. The federal economic stimulus package provided funding for the project
Half of U.S. government Web sites are vulnerable to commonplace DNS attacks because they haven’t deployed a new authentication mechanism that was mandated in 2008, a new study shows.
A controversial Internet security bill proposed in 2010 by Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) could yet become law in the current session of Congress, said Jeff Greene, counsel on the majority staff of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released a draft of its guidelines for implementing enterprisewide information risk management. The document defines the underlying principles for implementing the Federal Information Security Management Act.
Over the summer, the company launched Google Apps for Government and announced that it had received FISMA (Federal Information Security Management Act) certification, which allowed it to store sensitive, yet unclassified, information, which makes up about 80 percent of all government data.
According to the result of a new survey published by MeriTalk, an online community for government IT professionals, 85 percent of federal information security leaders have not utilized CyberScope, an online reporting tool designed to reduce the amount of wasted dollars the government spends annually on cyber security compliance reports. Of those that have used CyberScope, the survey entitled “FISMA’s Facelift: In the Eye of the Beholder,” found that everyone has given the tool an “A” or “B” rating.
In an effort to make cloud solutions more easily available to government agencies, the US General Services Administration (www.gsa.gov) has awarded 11 companies a five-year, government-wide Blanket Purchase Agreement to make Infrastructure as a Service solutions available to all levels of government through the gateway “Apps.gov”.