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Windows XP Protection Extended – Not By Much!

Microsoft has extended malware protection for Windows XP systems through July 14, 2015. But this does not mean that using Windows XP after April 8, 2014, is a smart thing to do. […]

Technology Universal Precautions

Universal Precautions (ALWAYS putting on protective gloves, masks, and protective clothing) for healthcare providers became necessary when it was realized that contact with a patient’s bodily fluids could result in the […]

Lessons from the Target Data Breach

5 Things Even the Smallest Doctor’s Office Should Learn A doctor’s oath to “Do No Harm” also means they need to protect patient data. Protecting confidential  information is providing good […]

Windows XP Debate Continues

  What risks can you effectively manage? I am glad that some readers are engaged enough to vocally disagree with my recent article about Windows XP not being an acceptable risk after it […]

HIPAA Enforcement Blind Spots

HIPAA enforcement has increased in recent years, but the US Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights(OCR) still only fines a few organizations out of the thousands of investigations […]

Can a Terminated User Cause a Breach?

How Good Is Your Terminated User Checklist? Having a former employee access electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI) is a data breach.  In today’s computing environment terminating employee access can mean a lot […]

New HIPAA Security Risk Assessment Tool Misses Mark

HIPAA Security Risk Assessment tool has serious flaws You would think that the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator’s (ONC) would have learned something from […]

Don’t Worry About the 2014 HIPAA Audits

Focus on Preventing Data Breaches  While the buzz is picking up about the HIPAA Audits that the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) should begin […]

Will Shadow IT Kill Your Business?

Are your employees unsecurely sharing critical files? Are they making their own IT decisions? Do you even know what is really going on? What can you do to stop it […]

Stunning HIPAA Violations for Lost Laptops

Unprecedented Penalties Send Strong Messages by Mike Semel On April 22, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced two stunning penalties […]

"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