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DID YOU HAVE A DATA BREACH? HOW DO YOU KNOW? #HIPAA

March 23, 2015

We have covered in the past how to stay HIPAA Compliant.  What if there was a data breach, how would you know? How do you respond to patients’ healtchare information being breached and what steps to take?  Take a moment to read this article here to help determine what factors constitute as a breach.

The List Keeps Growing! #HIPAA

March 16, 2015

Take a look at Healthcare IT News and their compiled list of HIPAA breaches.  It really is unbelievable that over 41 million people have had their private health information compromised.

2015 Will Be ‘The Year Of The Healthcare Hack’

March 6, 2015

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Financial Informaiton, OUT. Medical Information, IN.

Originally posted on Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services IT News:

From Health IT Outcomes, 3/4/15:

Security experts say this year healthcare could experience an increase in security breaches leading to stolen health information as hackers target medical records.

Hackers are turning their attention to health information, and one reason could it be that the data is worth 10-20 times that of credit card information. Stolen credit card numbers can be sold on the black market for pocket change, while in a recent case a set of Medicare ID numbers for 10 beneficiaries was sold for about $4,700.

More at 2015 Will Be ‘The Year Of The Healthcare Hack’.

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HIPAA Solutions

March 2, 2015
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Healthcare organizations are under immense pressure to deliver the highest quality patient care while complying with government regulations and reducing clinical operation costs. With so much at stake, you need a healthcare communications solution that can support your intense environment without compromise—all while being cost-efficient.

Your day-to-day business operations to interactions with patients and insurers, healthcare organizations must ensure that their communications support their HIPAA requirements.

RingCentral offers a highly secure infrastructure and comprehensive solution that allows HIPAA-regulated customers to use the RingCentral service without impacting their HIPAA compliance.

Give us a call to see how Ringcentral can benefit your business. 888.413.9186

Cyberattacks Start With Your Employees??

February 23, 2015

“Negligent employees are the most common cause of data breaches…A security plan without active participation by your employees is like an alarm system that’s never switched on.”
– Forbes

According to a recent Forbes article, “83% of SMBs (small to medium size businesses) take no formal measures against cyberthreats – even though almost half of all attacks are aimed at SMBs.”

As a cybercriminal’s easiest prey, your employees are doing all they can to protect your network environment and guard your sensitive data – Right?

Wrong. Unfortunately, studies show that your own employees are actually the leading cause of cyberattacks.

Let us help you stay safe from cyberattacks and give you the tools to help your employees stay compliant.  Give us a call 888.413.9186

-Information provided by Fobes and ControlScan

IDENTITY THEFT CAN AFFECT ANYONE

February 16, 2015
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Identity theft is much more than criminals obtaining credit card information.

Identity theft can come in many forms.  Personally Identifiable Information (PII) used in a fraudulent way is Identity Theft and can happen in many ways:

• Consumer’s name

• Social Security number

• Date of birth

• Address

• Driver’s license number

• Telephone number

• Passport information

• Birth certificate information

• Student transcript data

• Medical record information

Identity theft is a crime that does not discriminate. If you have PII—and everyone does—it can be stolen and misused regardless of age, credit usage, technology usage, or any other factor.

To see real life examples and read the entire article click here.

If you have questions about being at risk please call our office at 888.413.9186

What To Do AFTER The Anthem Data Breach

February 9, 2015
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We have all heard about the huge Data Breach by Anthem Blue Cross by now.  Anthem says it was a “very sophisticated” attack but there seems to be some skepticism by security websites about how “sophisticated” it was.  There were over 80 million records of PAST and PRESENT customers and employees exposed.

Lets now focus on how to protect ourselves!

NBC put out a great article on what to now to protect yourself. Below is the short version.  If you want to read more about how to protect yourself, visit their website here.

monitor your existing accounts

The first thing you want to watch out for is someone using this info to trick a call center into letting them take over or transfer money out of your existing accounts.

Sign up for credit alerts and identity theft protection

Anthem has pledged to offer free credit monitoring and identity protection services to all affected customers.

Sign up for fraud alerts

A fraud alert cautions lenders and other to take special care to ensure your identity before issuing new credit.

File your taxes early

It only takes two pieces of information for a crook to snag your tax refund by filing your taxes early and claiming it for themselves.

Stay vigilant

No one knows when or where or if the stolen identities will be used so affected consumers will simply have to stay mindful… forever.

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