The New Federal Strategic Health IT Plan

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, a unit of the Department of Health and Human Services, has issued its Strategic Health IT Plan for 2015 to 2020. The plan, developed in collaboration with more than 35 federal agencies, has five main goals: Furthering the adoption of health IT Improving the security and […]

Free Security Awareness Training for Financial Industry Executives

Security awareness will be a focus for banking regulators in 2015, with a focus on financial institutions’ C-suite executives and boards of directors. It’s likely that an in-depth refresher program will be a must for many, as new regulations are more complex and put a strong emphasis on cybersecurity preparedness. One resource that financial institutions […]

HIPAA, Health Technology Trends, and Security Threats

Most people in the U.S. say that care more about protecting the privacy of their healthcare data than they do about being able to conveniently access that information. That said, according to a recent PwC Health Research Institute report, privacy will be sacrificed to apps/services that collect and analyze personal health information. Do-it-yourself healthcare is […]

Top Cyber Security Threats and Trends for 2015

Predicting the future is easy – take a long look at what’s happening now and hit the mental fast forward button. But in 2015 the rewind button will be equally useful. We don’t have a fail-proof crystal ball but we suspect that old-school style hacktivisim will share the headlines with emerging threats against devices and […]

Financial Industry IT Security 2015 To-Do List

The forthcoming cybersecurity guidance from the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council is expected to focus on people and processes that defend against specific types of threats, Future IT examinations for all sizes of banking institutions will include reviews of employee awareness of security threats, the depth and breadth of an institution’s training programs, patching policies, […]

Get Ready Now for 2015 HIPAA Audits

A random audit program to gauge HIPAA compliance is expected to commence in early 2015. This round will include both on-site and off-site reviews. Your New Year will be happier if you start getting audit-ready now. We have provided you with tips below to make the process easier. Off-Site Audits Off-site audits focus on documentation […]

Protecting Electronic Healthcare Data: The New Realitiesta

Almost half of all identity thefts in the U.S. are now stolen medical records, as reported by USA Today. While breaches of credit card data may grab the headlines (like last year’s fiasco at Target stores), a stolen credit card number usually reflects fraud quickly and can be cancelled rapidly. By contrast, a single patient’s […]

Target Corp Data Breach Issue May Be Spreading…

One of the largest retail hacks in the United States, the breach on Target caught the attention of the world. The event itself proved how common these types of attacks are no matter the size of an organization. Just recently, the restaurant chain P.F. Chang’s China Bistro found themselves in a similar position as Target. […]