Key Takeaways in Newly Released Homeland Security Insurance Industry Report

Guest Author: Vince Vitkowsky, Partner, Seiger Gfeller Laurie LLP

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) has convened a series of sessions focusing on developing the first-party cyber insurance market. The most recent session was held on April 7, 2014, and it included representatives from 10 insurance brokers, 10 insurance underwriters, and 10 reinsurers. On July 22, DHS released its Readout Report of that Session. The entire 44-page Report, together with the Reports of three earlier sessions, can be found here on the Homeland Security website. The April 7 Session focused on three subjects, and the distilled essence is described below.

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The Return of HIPAA Audits: What Covered Entities and Business Associates Need to Know

A Q&A with Michael Whitcomb of Loricca
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights will resume its HIPAA compliance audit program this fall, focusing on both covered entities and business associates with a limited number of narrowly focused “desk audits” as well as comprehensive onsite audits. I asked Michael Whitcomb, founder and president of the IT security and compliance firm Loricca, Inc., what healthcare organizations need to do in anticipation of this increased scrutiny.

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Protecting the Point of Sale

A Q&A with Chris Novak of Verizon RISK Team
According to the 2014 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, point of sale (POS) intrusions accounted for fourteen percent of the 63,437 sampled data breach incidents. To get a better sense of this threat and how organizations can arm against it, I spoke with Chris Novak, global managing principal of Investigative Response at Verizon RISK Team.

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