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Five Best Practices to Avoid Common HIPAA Violations

Juliana Lee

Posted by Juliana Lee
Tue, Jun 06, 2017

Fines up to $1.5 million, loss of clients, and negative publicity are just some of the serious consequences of violating the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

The penalties for non-compliance are based on the level of negligence, and in some cases carry criminal charges that can result in jail sentences. HIPAA compliance is serious business, and when penalties are levied one of the main things taken into consideration is what, if any preventive steps were taken.

With that in mind, here are some basic best practices to implement regarding HIPAA compliance, including:

  1. Comprehension of the guidelines
  2. Training
  3. Guard against 3rd party disclosure
  4. Proper disposal methods
  5. Mobile device management

Read on to learn about each of these five best practices, and how you can implement them.

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Why and When Email Encryption is Important for SMB Security

Juliana Lee

Posted by Juliana Lee
Tue, Aug 16, 2016

I can’t stop thinking about encryption.

Right after Google announced plans to release an extension to its Chrome browser called “End-To-End”, with the goal of facilitating easier email encryption, I found a postcard on the sidewalk. The postcard was addressed to a house three doors down from where I found it, so I simply took it there and dropped it in their mailbox. But, in the process of searching for the address, I inadvertently read the greeting — “Dear Aunt Sally.”

Having no interest in Aunt Sally, I read no further — but I could have — and that is the point of this blog. Unencrypted email can be less secure than sending a post card via snail mail.

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Business Continuity Lessons From the NYSE and United Airlines Outages Last Week

Caroline McKee

Posted by Caroline McKee
Tue, Jul 14, 2015

Last week, technical difficulties almost simultaneously prevented United Airlines, the New York Stock Exchange, TD Ameritrade and the Wallstreet Journal from being able to carry out normal business operations. This not only impacted the individual companies experiencing the outages, but also inconvenienced the travelers of 4,900 flights, caused those trading in the New York Stock Exchange to lose potential trades to competitor exchanges instantly, and briefly shook consumer confidence — nearly throwing the American economy into uncertainty.

What does this mean for your company? 

Though your company may not directly impact the national or global economy in the event you were to experience technical difficulties, every business is capable of suffering financial and legal implications when normal network operations go awry. However, MSPs like Meridian can offer several solutions to help you implement a system to protect your company and its data from a technical disaster like that of last week's new headlines.

Read on to find out why business continuity planning is worth it, along with the "BEES" of Data Protection:

  • Backup 
  • Encrypt 
  • Evaluate 
  • Secure 
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