Another Entry Point: Chatbots and Vendors

This probably isn’t the first time you’ve heard this, but artificial intelligence (AI) is the future. In fact, it’s already making a huge impact on our lives in ways you may not have considered. Take chatbots, for example. They undoubtedly make customers’ lives easier. Whether it’s booking an appointment or agreeing to terms on a […]

States Enact Even Tougher Breach Notification Laws than Federal HIPAA Requirements

Starting September 1, 2018, Colorado’s new Protections For Consumers Data Privacy law will require organizations to notify victims of breaches containing personal information within 30 days of determination that a breach occurred — which is 30 days before current federal HIPAA requirements. Like other state laws, Colorado’s newest approved bill signals to healthcare organizations that you […]

Whitepaper Download: Protecting Data in the Healthcare Industry

All it takes is one slipup to forever change the public’s outlook on your organization. This is especially true for healthcare providers. Your patients need to trust that your staff can provide them with the care they need and that your IT system won’t put their protected health information (PHI) at risk. There’s nothing like […]

A Recent Anti-Malware Victory

Cybercriminals make a lot of news by pulling off headline-grabbing data breaches. Often, this can make these attackers seem invincible, like there are no systems or good guys capable of standing up to them. This is, of course, anything but true. Cyber-attacks can be defeated and the criminals behind them can be apprehended. Today, we’re […]

Insider Theft Leads to the Data Breach of 1.5 Million Bank Clients

Atlanta bank SunTrust recently announced that 1.5 million users have potentially been exposed to a criminal third party. Unlike most data exposures we’ve been hearing about, the source of SunTrust’s breach was not caused by cybercriminals, but rather a theft by an employee who gained access to sensitive client information without security clearance. Sources say […]

Next Up on the Ransomware Hit List? Cities

Usually, ransomware makes headlines when huge corporations or organizations are held captive. There’s the implicit threat of compromised data if the corresponding ransom isn’t paid or backups aren’t in place. It’s bad, but its impact on the average person can seem muted. What happens when the cybercriminals behind ransomware attacks set their sights a little […]

Be Careful with Legacy Systems

The popular travel site Orbitz recently announced that a hacker may have stolen the private information of up to 880,000 of their customers over the course of two years. While data breaches at major organizations like this are nothing new (and have become far too common in recent years), the method through which this attack […]

Vendor Management Lessons from Aetna’s $20 Million Lawsuit

You likely use third-party vendors to outsource your payroll, HR or IT infrastructure — all essential business functions. Unfortunately, in doing so, you’re giving multiple companies access to sensitive data, including private patient or customer information. In the event of a breach or leak of said sensitive information, it’s important to know where the chips […]

Healthcare Breaches: The Newest Round of HIPAA Fines

A new HIPAA fine has been released, and it’s significant. Federal regulators have issued one of the largest HIPAA settlements ever in favor of 521 impacted individuals over Massachusetts-based healthcare organization Fresenius Medical Care (FMCNA). Cited specifically for a lack of risk analysis, FMNCA now ranks among one of the costliest HIPAA penalties issued, paying […]

BAI Security at HIMSS18

Healthcare providers face a unique challenge when it comes to data protection. Cybercriminals take one look at their assets  — valuable personally identifiable information (PII) like social security numbers and medical information — and throw all they’ve got at their IT security systems. If you’re not doing everything you can to maintain and strengthen your IT security, […]