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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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What the Healthcare Industry MUST Know About Ransomware Attack

Jasmine Lancaster

Posted by Jasmine Lancaster
Wed, Jun 01, 2016

The Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT) has deemed 2016 as the “year ransomware holds America hostage” and states that attacks will “wreak havoc on America’s critical infrastructure community." As several healthcare facilities and providers have already fallen victim to ransomware, healthcare data security has become a top security issue and a regular headline in the news.

Pushed into a corner and faced with two options — to pay, or not to pay — facilities are scrambling to create an environment free from data breach. Sadly, there seems to be no end in sight for healthcare ransomware attacks. No organization, regardless of size, structure, function or status can assume they are safe from attacks, and simply ignoring the problem can invite even more chaos. Therefore, you must take all of the necessary steps to stop ransomware attacks in its tracks.

You may have questions — What is ransomware? What happens if my healthcare facility is a victim of data breach? How can it be prevented? 

Read on for answers to these questions, as well as other vital information regarding healthcare data security.

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SMBs: A Secure Network Does Not Have to Be Costly

Robert Bruce

Posted by Robert Bruce
Thu, Feb 25, 2016

Global spending on information security exceeded $7 billion last year, but that doesn’t mean your business has to spend large sums of money on a secure network infrastructure.

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Three Things DC SMBs Need to Know About Lenovo’s Superfish

Robert Bruce

Posted by Robert Bruce
Thu, Mar 05, 2015

Recently discovered software on some new Lenovo laptops, the top selling laptop brand in 2014, contains a preloaded security flaw that is potentially dangerous. The U.S Department of Homeland Security Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has issued an alert advising owners to remove it from their computers.

If you have, or work for, a small-to-midsized business (SMB) there are three key things you should know about Superfish:

  1. What is Superfish?
  2. How Do I Test My Computers for Vulnerability?
  3. How Do I Remove It From Affected Machines?

Before you do anything, find out if there are any Lenovo computers in your enterprise. If the answer is yes, go to this Webpage where Lenovo has provided a list of laptop models that could have shipped with Superfish pre-installed. Lenovo says that its “ThinkPad, ThinkCentre, Lenovo Desktop, ThinkStation, ThinkServer and System x products” do not have the Superfish install.

Read on to learn more about what Superfish is and how to protect against it.

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