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Getting Ahead of Windows 07 End of Life

With Windows 7 end of life quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about what needs to be done to prepare. Technically, regular Windows 7 support has been dead since 2015, however, the extended support period is over January 2020, which means no more updates or security patches. What should you be aware of for [...]

What Does Windows End of Life Mean to My Business?

You’ve all heard the panic. Windows is cutting off support for its widely popular version 7 software. January 14, 2020 will officially mark Windows 7 End of Life. Many companies have used Windows 7 since its onset in 2009 and are still actively using it today. That means you will need to migrate every single [...]

Is Your Practice Prepared for Windows 7 End-of-Life?

As of January 14, 2020, Microsoft will discontinue support for its popular Windows 7 operating system and Windows Sever 2008. If you’re a healthcare practice using either platform, you need to pay close attention to this fast-approaching deadline – as continuing to run an unsupported operating system leaves you dangerously exposed to serious risks and [...]

By |2019-05-23T22:47:19+00:00May 23rd, 2019|Healthcare, IT Productivity, Latest News, Security & Compliance|

California Moves to Close Gaps in Data Breach Notification Law

The proposed legislation would close a loophole in the state’s existing data breach notification law, requiring breached organizations to report compromised biometrics and passports. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Assembly member Marc Levine are seeking to strengthen the state’s data breach notification law, which aims to close a loophole and expand requirements to include compromised biometrics [...]

By |2019-04-23T01:23:14+00:00April 22nd, 2019|Healthcare, IT Productivity, Latest News, Security & Compliance|

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|