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States Strengthen Data Breach Laws & Regulations

By Mike Semel Originally published by If your cyber security and compliance program is focused on just one regulation, like HIPAA or banking laws, many steps you are taking are […]

HIPAA Cloud Bursts

Published at New Guidance Proves Cloud Services Are Business Associates   It’s over. New guidance from the federal Office for Civil Rights (OCR) confirms that cloud services that store patient […]

BIG $$$ HIPAA Fines Carry BIG Messages! (updated)

7 Critical Lessons You Should Learn  By Mike Semel, August 17, 2016 The ‘HIPAA Police’ are on a rampage. In 2015 there were just over $ 6 million in penalties. […]

The 7 HIPAA Audit Items the Feds Selected

HIPAA Audits Have Begun & Will Your Business Associates Cause You to Fail?                 The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced today that […]

Security & Compliance are Executive Responsibilities

Kidnapped Hospital Data Was Probably Preventable By the time you read the ransom note it is too late for your patients/clients, your organization’s reputation, and maybe your career. But it […]

Dumb & Dumber 7 (Breaches, that is)

Health Plan Pays $ 10.3 million in HIPAA Penalties The HIPAA enforcement agency announced on November 30, 2015 that Triple-S Management of Puerto Rico settled for $ 3.5 million in penalties […]

The FTC is the New Sheriff in Town

Every Business Should Take Notice Don't believe “We’re from the government and we are here to help you.” After a data breach in 2006 the FTC settled with ChoicePoint for […]

Imagine Your Life if you Fail a HIPAA Audit

Prepare Now Because of Short Response Times Imagine your life if your organization fails a federal HIPAA audit. Last week those of us attending the HIPAA Security conference in Washington […]

Ignoring HIPAA Law Costly for Hospital

Employees Report Hospital to Federal Authorities Once you become aware of a HIPAA data breach it is not a good idea to sweep it under the rug, especially when that […]

“Your Medical Records Are For Sale on the Internet”

Health IT Alert: Windows Server 2003 End of Life “Why is the FBI here to see me?” you are wondering when you are told that there are two Special Agents […]

"Even though I serve both as the county IT director and the HIPAA Security Officer, I would not have been able to identify some of the issues you uncovered. As an outside organization you were able to gather information objectively, and offer a perspective I could not have gotten using internal resources. Your certifications in HIPAA and Security enabled you to ask the right questions, and relate your findings directly to the HIPAA rules."
Ken Peaslee, Director, Information Technology
County of Steuben, NY

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