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Massachusetts General Hospital Settles Potential #HIPAA Violations

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.

via Insurance News – Massachusetts General Hospital Settles Potential HIPAA Violations.

Don’t view HIPAA fines as cost a of doing business – FierceCIO

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.

via Don’t view HIPAA fines as cost a of doing business – FierceCIO.

Cyber bill would reform FISMA, instate new DHS agency and appoint White House-level authority

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.

via Cyber bill would reform FISMA, instate new DHS agency and appoint White House-level authority – FierceGovernmentIT.

FISMA capstone document released by NIST — Government Computer News

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.

via FISMA capstone document released by NIST — Government Computer News.

Google wins email, apps contract with U.S. GSA | ZDNet

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.

via Google wins email, apps contract with U.S. GSA | ZDNet.

Survey: Federal IT leaders lack confidence in CyberScope |

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.

via Survey: Federal IT leaders lack confidence in CyberScope |.

GSA Chooses IaaS Vendors for US Government Cloud Computing Initiative “Apps.gov”

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”.

via GSA Chooses IaaS Vendors for US Government Cloud Computing Initiative “Apps.gov” | WHIR Web Hosting Industry News.