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Equifax Data Breach: What’s the Fallout?

By now everyone knows about the significant breach suffered by Equifax where 143 Million records were compromised. The scary part of this is the fact that a company such as Equifax (a credit reporting bureau) houses so much sensitive confidential personal information about pretty much everyone in the United States. Information such as SSN, Full [...]

October 30th, 2017|Categories: Compliance, Data Breach|

The Cyber Warfare Cell that Worries the West

Is North Korea behind the WannaCry Ransomware strain that hit a couple of weeks ago? A recent Reuters article points out what is happening in North Korea and it seems more and more signs are point towards their work. As you read the article it is obvious how underground, widespread and dangerous the world of [...]

Security Updates

As we all saw this weekend the cyber world is fragile, and vulnerable. As we have increased our reliance on technology we have also exponentially increased our risk and created an extremely vulnerable system. We have had multiple instances in the past 12 months alone where targeted attacks, or mistakes, have negatively impacted the ability for [...]

Children’s Medical Center Issued $3.2M OCR HIPAA Penalty

Ouch! The part about this that really stings is this opening line "Children’s Medical Center of Dallas (Children’s) was recently given an OCR HIPAA civil money penalty due to ePHI disclosure and several years of HIPAA non-compliance, according to a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) release." Several years of HIPAA non-compliance “OCR’s investigation [...]

February 8th, 2017|Categories: Compliance, Healthcare, HIPAA, OCR|Tags: , , , , , |

Former executive assistant director of the FBI highlights comprehensive education and proactive planning to create strong ransomware preparation measures

Healthcare ransomware has quickly become one of the top cybersecurity concerns for both covered entities and business associates, according to a recent HealthcareIT Security blog post. Without proper training and a thorough backup plan, organizations could find themselves in trouble should an attack take place. “Ransomware attacks two or three years ago, coming out of [...]

Healthcare Data Breaches, Ransomware Top Challenges in 2017

The latest Black Book poll (Read it here) of healthcare PR clients showed that physician satisfaction and medico-legal problems are no longer the key concerns, and that 2017 will see a higher focus on technological and financial issues. This includes data breaches, system failures, hacking, ransomware, and a disrupted flow of financial records. Predictions for [...]

Healthcare gets a ‘D’ on cybersecurity report card

Healthcare security professionals are less confident in their ability to assess security risk than in the past. That’s part of the reason network security firm Tenable gave the industry an overall “D” grade on its global cybersecurity report card. On top of that credit reporting company Experian has warned of new, more sophisticated data breaches [...]

December 5th, 2016|Categories: Compliance, Healthcare, Security|Tags: , , , |

How long does it take to recover from a ransomware infection?

It Takes 33 Hours according to a recent survey by Vanson Bourne of 500 cybersecurity decision makers that was sponsored by SentinelOne. Here are some stats to chew on from the survey: 48% had been hit by at least one ransomware attack in the last 12 months The average victim was hit six times. 81% report that the [...]

November 21st, 2016|Categories: Compliance, Healthcare, HIPAA, IT Budgeting, OCR, Security|Tags: , , , , , |

Healthcare attorneys call cybersecurity a growing concern

According to a survey undertaken by Bloomberg Law and the American Health Lawyers Association where both corporate attorneys and in-house counsel were polled, 97 percent of respondents believe they will experience an increased involvement in cases involving cybersecurity; 57 percent said it will be a significant increase. Fifty-three percent of those surveyed believe that cyberattacks are where [...]

November 13th, 2016|Categories: Compliance, Healthcare, HIPAA, OCR, Security, Social Engineering|Tags: , , , , |