The Way Forward For Pharmacies

The world of cybersecurity after COVID-19 is sure to be a changed one. Although organizations will certainly see large-scale changes in policy and performance, an industry is only as secure as its smallest entities. Nowhere is this more evident than large chain and local pharmacies, where cybersecurity experts have turned a critical eye on pharmacy […]

HIPAA Violations: Know The Cost

Regulations are everywhere in the cybersecurity world, to address the vast array of risks that come about as technology expands into every industry. In the past, we’ve discussed worrying trends in the healthcare industry—just last year, it surpassed all other industries in America in cybersecurity attacks, and still ranks noticeably low in digitization and cyber […]

VPNs: Know The Risks

If you’ve ever worked from home—aptly coined “telecommuting”—chances are you’ve used a VPN, or Virtual Private Network, to connect with your workplace server. VPNs are designed to extend a private network over a public network, making it easy for telecommuters to send and receive data from their home computer without compromising their company server. Now, […]

Health IT Vendor Faces $145 Million Settlement

If you’re reading this, hopefully you can say that your organization is compliant with HIPAA, the national standards set in place to protect medical records and personal health information. If you’ve taken sufficient steps to prevent fraud and abuse in Medicare, you should be adhering to the Anti-Kickback Statute, and no initiative to implement electronic […]

Addressing Federal Cybersecurity Shortcomings

Nowadays, the biggest stories about cybersecurity breaches tend to concern major companies like Facebook, Marriott, and Capital One. But what you may not realize is that now more than ever, government agencies are a popular target for crippling cyber attacks. According to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, more than 170 government systems have suffered the […]

Securing Mobility in Medicine

The healthcare industry is taking on mobility to modernize for the digital age, but with this step forward comes a host of vulnerabilities and threat vectors determined to set you several steps back. Providers with a plan to evolve their mobile strategy need to be prepared to address the cybersecurity risks that come with it. […]

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 determining that a breach occurred — 30 days before current federal HIPAA requirements. Like other state laws, Colorado’s newest approved bill signals to healthcare organizations that you can […]

Securing Health Care Records

Insider negligence is no longer the number one cause of data breaches in the healthcare industry—cybertheft and physical theft have now claimed the dubious honor. The Ponemon Institute’s Fifth Annual Benchmark Study on Privacy and Security of Healthcare Data shows that healthcare information has become a prime target for malicious hackers, with lone cybercriminals and […]

Data Security Lessons To Learn Right Now

Data Security Lessons To Learn Right Now Much has been said about the recent Ashley Madison (AM) hack attack, and even more was said about the subsequent data dump of highly sensitive customer information. Are there lessons to be learned from AM? To some extent—the consequences would have been worse had card data not been […]

PCI DSS 3.0: Are You In Compliance Yet?

The new Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard 3.0 (PCI DSS 3.0) that went into effect on January 1 contains significant changes.  Some of the requirements will remain suggested best practices until July 1, 2015. After that, they too become mandatory. PCI 3.0 will have the greatest impact on e-commerce merchants who partner with third […]