Mobile, cloud computing are source of most healthcare security worries, Reverse auctions to help slash costs and more
By Ryan KamauffHere are the top cyber news and stories of the day.
Survey: Mobile, cloud computing are source of most healthcare security worries – ‘The study, “The Risk of Regulated Data on Mobile Devices & in the Cloud,” which surveyed 781 IT and data security practitioners, found that 33 percent of respondents said that they need to access protected health information (PHI) to do their work and yet few understood how to keep data secure.’ This is a pretty dismal state of affairs for healthcare technology. In addition, many respondents reported having to disable security controls. Via MobiHealthNews, more here.
Business users visit most malicious websites, security academics find – “Business users account for 57 per cent of malicious attacks while one in eight Australian IP addresses is hit by one or more Web attacks on any typical day, according to a Deakin and Macquarie University analysis of more than 200 million Web requests from Australian Internet users.” This study also found that most of the malware sites visited by the Aussies were hosted in the US. Via ComputerWorld, more here.
Reverse auction platform aims to slash costs, up transparency – “This service is expected to produce considerable savings for federal agencies. In the past, GSA’s customers have saved as much as 17 percent through reverse auctions, according to the Tuesday announcement. Agencies can reduce costs on commonly purchased office products, services and equipment, all while making it easier for small businesses to compete for the government’s business.” By changing acquisition models, the GSA can help federal agencies better contend in today’s cyber domains. Via FedScoop, more here.
Economic impact of cyber espionage and IP theft hits U.S. businesses hard – “Gorton cited the commission’s estimate that cyber espionage and other forms of IP theft from foreign countries account for annual losses of $300 billion for U.S. companies. The group attributes between 50 percent and 80 percent of those losses to China.” These attributions and numbers are becoming quite a point of contention between China and the US. $300B is no drop in the pan of our GDP, and can affect thousands of individual American citizens to an extreme degree. Protecting these networks could save money, and jobs, and has to be a priority of the US Government. Via ComputerWorld, more here.
Amazon Cloud Security Cleared by Federal Government – “Amazon.com’s cloud security gained a nod of approval from the U.S. government, according to a recent announcement by the online retailer. Through a new accreditation process with the federal government, Amazon.com can more easily provide IT services to various federal agencies looking to utilize the cloud.” This will make Amazon the de facto cloud provider to the federal government, because only they can easily