Lucas Mearian

Senior Reporter

Lucas Mearian covers financial services IT (including blockchain), healthcare IT and enterprise mobile issues (including mobility management, security, hardware and apps).

FAQ: What is blockchain and how can it help business?

Blockchain: 'Overhyped' buzzword or real-deal enterprise solution?

Blockchain: 'Overhyped' buzzword or real-deal enterprise solution?

While blockchain technology may be a hotspot in data privacy, experts disagree about whether it’s a good fit for enterprises that have traditionally relied on centralized data control.

Newer car tech opens doors to CIA attacks

Newer car tech opens doors to CIA attacks

The revelation that the CIA has looked into hacking vehicles, possibly for the purpose of assassinations, flies in the face of a presidential order requiring U.S. agencies to reveal flaws to manufacturers to protect Americans.

IBM Watson, FDA to explore blockchain for secure patient data exchange

IBM Watson, FDA to explore blockchain for secure patient data exchange

IBM's Watson Health division and the FDA are teaming up to explore using blockchain technology for secure, efficient and scalable exchange of health data, which could lead to enormous advances in research.

Government, carmakers more worried than ever about vehicle cyber attacks

Government, carmakers more worried than ever about vehicle cyber attacks

As lawmakers are calling for regulators to do more to address the threat of vehicle hacking, car companies are recognizing their vulnerabilities and investing in cybersecurity tools to protect their ever more sophisticated vehicles.

Many hospitals transmit your health records unencrypted

Many hospitals transmit your health records unencrypted

A new survey by a health organization shows that only about 68% of acute providers and 48% of non-acute providers encrypt patient data -- and up to 22% of hospitals don't have firewalls.

Illinois hospital chain to pay record $5.5M for exposing data about millions of patients

Illinois hospital chain to pay record $5.5M for exposing data about millions of patients

Advocate Health Care Network, which operates 12 hospitals and hundreds of satellite locations, was fined a record amount by the federal government under HIPAA privacy rules for lax security.

Google says government requests for user data at all-time high

Google says government requests for user data at all-time high

Google's semi-annual "Transparency Report" shows that in the second half of 2015, U.S. government agencies made more than 40,000 requests for access to user data.

Tesla to make 'significant' upgrades to Autopilot

Tesla to make 'significant' upgrades to Autopilot

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Sunday his firm will send over-the-air upgrades to its vehicles with Autopilot capability, after a crash involving the technology resulted in the death of a driver.

Defective products could result from cyberattacks on industrial 3D printers

Defective products could result from cyberattacks on industrial 3D printers

With the growth of Internet-connected 3D printers, researchers say there's a threat of hackers tweaking manufacturing specifications and introducing defects that affect the reliability of parts for numerous industries.

Hackers are coming for your healthcare records -- here’s why

Hackers are coming for your healthcare records -- here’s why

Because patient information can be so lucrative, healthcare organizations and insurance companies are being targeted by hackers and should expect to eventually suffer a security breach.

Securing your car from cyberattacks is becoming a big business

Securing your car from cyberattacks is becoming a big business

New cars have between 50 million and 100 million lines of computer code -- and for every 1,000 lines there are 10 to 15 bugs that are potential vulnerabilities for hackers. So the industry is ramping up to defend against cyberattacks....

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