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HIPAA Compliance 101

To become HIPAA compliant, your business will need to implement a number of physical, technical, and administrative safeguards to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of protected health information (PHI).
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HHS warns cookies can be bad for your health information

Not all cookies are created equally. As a self-professed chocolate cookie aficionado, I can personally attest to this. But last week, the Department of Health and Services alerted us that cookies may also be bad for our health ... information.
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A bit of egg on my face.

Well, this is a little embarrassing... Last week one of our promoted products, password manager LastPass, announced they had suffered a breach through a third-party cloud storage solution. They disclosed an unknown actor gained access to certain…
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The hole in your cybersecurity you may be overlooking

Unsecure Devices Most of you likely know that printers, scanners, and multifunction devices have been a weak link for cybersecurity for many network administrators. There are several reasons for this. First, like many networked medical devices,…
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OCR Training Video

Are You Tired of Hearing It? Just SHUT UP ALREADY - I know some of you are thinking that. We've been going on and on about the importance of cybersecurity training, and I know more than a few of you are getting tired of it. So what do we do…
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When cybersecurity training isn’t enough – what next?

Beyond Training - You Can't Stop There. We've talked a lot about training lately because it is the single best tool you have to keep your network secure. However, it's not bulletproof. Two weeks ago Microsoft issued patches for over 85 security…
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Three ways to improve your cybersecurity

Three Steps You MUST Take Now. Cybersecurity professionals are sounding the alarm in agreement that we are about to experience another uptick in cybersecurity attacks. They cite numerous reasons for this coming storm. The most significant concern…
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Week 2 of Cyber awareness month!

At a recent discussion in Texas on cybersecurity in healthcare, technology experts were in agreement that cyber threats were increasing and getting more sophisticated. When we consider the options, we can boil them down to two - tighter network lockdowns, and more training.
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Emergency Preparedness – Are you ready

Are You Prepared? Here comes Ian, expecting to hit Florida soon. Use this as a wake-up call to review your own emergency preparedness. Many of you have recently experienced natural disasters. Be it hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, or fires,…
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Cybersecurity and old age – they don’t mix

Old age and cybersecurity We all know many things don't work as well as they(we) age. It's a fact of life most of us face. While age impacts us personally, the systems around us are also impacted by age. A recent study by cybersecurity firm…
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Are you vulnerability to these attacks?

The Importance of Patching Most of us know about patch Tuesday - the second Tuesday of every month is when Microsoft releases its software patches. Most IT companies either manually update client systems or have them set to run automatically.…
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Your EHR is failing you for HIPAA compliance

EHR & HIPAA A recent report published by Cynergistek presented data showing less than half of the nation's healthcare institutions comply with the National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework (CSF).…
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Your apps are your security enemy. Here’s what we’ve recently discovered.

EULA, YOU, and HIPAA What do End User License Agreements and HIPAA have to do with each other? According to recent discoveries, a heck of a lot. It turns out apps like Meta's Facebook and Messenger, Instagram, Tik Tok, and others, are mining…
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Will we see reduced HIPAA fines

Are reduced HIPAA fines on the way? In 2019 we wrote an OCR letter that discussed the possible reduction of HIPAA fines. We were all for it - read about it here - OCR Caps HIPAA FInes. It looks like OCR is ready to change the annual fee structure.…
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New HIPAA guidance is on the way, here’s the good and the bad.

New HIPAA Guidance Years ago, at a HIPAA conference in DC hosted by NIST, they announced an update to 800-66 would be coming. Almost 10 years later, we now have a draft copy of this paper - 800-66r1. Why is this significant? 800-66 was the…
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OCR announces 11 more HIPAA ROA violations

Eleven more fines, are you next? OCR recently announced that 11 more entities were fined for failing to provide timely access to patient records following a patient complaint. This list included mental health practitioners, dentists, and more.…