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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 […]

IT Security Experts: Look for Risk and Opportunity in the Security Shadow

    by Michelle Peterson, Friday, March 27, 2015-  Reprinted with Permission Data is a company’s most important asset, but many small and midsized businesses don’t know, care or have enough […]

Security By Walking Around

by Mike Semel When we think Cyber-Security we logically think about technology tools to block North Korean or Chinese hackers from breaking into our networks.  Those breaches make the news […]

RIP, Your HIPAA Rights Aren’t Buried With You

HIPAA Protects Your Privacy for 50 More Years By Mike Semel Just because you die your medical information isn't free for the taking. The HITECH Act of 2009 says that […]

Game Over, Windows XP Holdouts

HIPAA Penalty for Unpatched/Unsupported Software The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) that enforces HIPAA announced a $ 150,000 penalty for a health clinic data breach that was caused by the […]

"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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