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Beware of ransomware: Here’s how to protect your district

BY SAM CURRY 3 important steps and some free resources to help prevent cyber-abuse A new, disturbing pattern has cropped back up that is reminiscent of some nasty behavior from the early days of Internet nefarious exploits: targeting schools and students and the innocent. Ransomware attacks have been making headlines in recent months—particularly as a [...]

By |2018-08-02T01:17:49+00:00August 1st, 2018|Education, Latest News, Security & Compliance|

Software Patching integral to PHI Data Security

Healthcare organizations and vendors are responsible for identifying and mitigating the risks unpatched software poses to ePHI as part of their HIPAA compliance, OCR advised in its June Cybersecurity Newsletter. By Fred Donovan Healthcare organizations and vendors are responsible for identifying and mitigating the risks unpatched software poses to ePHI as part of their HIPAA [...]

Think it can’t happen to you — Think again

DENTAL RECEPTIONIST GETS PRISON TERM FOR IDENTITY THEFT, LARCENY Annie Vuong, a former receptionist at a New York-based dental office, was given 2-6 years in state prison for stealing personal identifying information, such as names, dates of birth, addresses, and Social Security numbers, from more than 650 patients, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance announced [...]

Healthcare Data Breach Costs Remain Highest Among Industries

Healthcare Data Breach Costs Remain Highest Among Industries In their 2018 Cost of a Data Breach Report, IBM and the Ponemon Institute found that healthcare data breach costs average $408 per record, the highest of any industry for the eighth straight year. By Fred Donovan Health IT Security In their 2018 Cost of a Data [...]

By |2018-08-02T01:18:34+00:00August 1st, 2018|Healthcare, Latest News, Security & Compliance|

7 Steps for getting right with NIST 800-171

The deadline for defense contractors and subcontractors to implement the information security requirements listed in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-171 has come and gone. There are more than 100 information security requirements in NIST 800-171, and it is a good bet that many smaller companies without ample IT [...]

HIPAA Security Rule Requires Physical Security of Equipment

While most HIPAA Security Rule violations involve electronic data breaches, healthcare providers and business associates could also face a violation for failing to physically secure computers and other equipment holding PHI. By Fred Donovan HealthIT Security While most HIPAA Security Rule violations involve electronic data breaches, healthcare providers and business associates could also face a [...]

By |2018-08-02T01:18:52+00:00August 1st, 2018|Healthcare, Latest News, Security & Compliance|

Network Assessment – What Does it Mean and Why Does it Matter?

Network Assessment can be a word as broad as the sky, so sometimes when an IT expert suggests doing a network assessment for your business, you may be thinking of your Internet speed and number of devices, while your expert is talking about infrastructure and power. The good news is that you are both right: [...]

What is the Newest Small Business Cybersecurity Threats

By: Pedro Hernandez Ransomware was a persistent threat throughout all of 2017, and things may be getting worse going into 2018, cautions Bogdan "Bob" Botezatu, senior e-threat analyst at cybersecurity firm Bitdefender. According to his company's recent Global Threat Landscape Report for 2017 (PDF), 2017 saw the emergence of over 160 ransomware families, each of [...]

By |2018-03-16T18:12:43+00:00March 16th, 2018|Latest News, Security & Compliance, Small & Mid-Size Business|

Why Older Computers and Outdated Hardware Pose Security Risks

By Marcie Geffner: Bankrate Cybercrime experts often tell consumers to upgrade their technology to protect themselves from credit and debit card fraud, identity theft and other financial scams. But is upgrading your hardware and software really necessary? Yes, says Shirley Inscoe, senior analyst at Aite Group, a research, consulting and analytics firm in Boston. “Consumers [...]

Does Your Practice Technology Need a Checkup?

By: Edward Shellard, DMD It seems like new technology is released every week. Think of how often you've had to upgrade your cell phone over the last decade-even your phone's operating system has to be updated on a routine basis. Dental technology is no different than consumer technology. Once everyone gets comfortable with one system, [...]

By |2018-03-16T18:02:09+00:00March 16th, 2018|Healthcare, IT Productivity, Latest News, Security & Compliance|