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Cyber Security

Weekly Security Tip: What is Social Engineering?

Why are cyber scams so effective? It comes down to social engineering tactics that successful cybercriminals have mastered. In this week’s security tip video, learn some common social engineering tactics used by cybercriminals and some of the red flags you should look out for. Quick Tips Watch out for threatening language during phone calls and emails. Offeri...

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Deep dive into Ransomware and how to prevent it

High in the list of system managers’ nightmares is a message on the screen saying, “Your files on this computer have been encrypted. Please send us payment if you want to get them back.” That means the computer has been attacked by ransomware. Government institutions, hospitals, and large enterprises have fallen victim to it. The costs can be huge, whether you pay the amount dema...

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Anthem Inc pays largest HIPAA fine

Anthem Inc. now holds the unfortunate records of largest #HIPAA fine and most people affected by a #data #breach. After the #PHI of 79 million people was attacked, Anthem Inc. settled on a $16 million fine. Read more about this breach.

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Yale Sued for 10 year old Data Breach

Yale has been sued yet again for their 10 year old #data #breach that affected over 100,000 students. Read more into the matter.

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Is FitBit HIPAA Compliant?

Are wearables HIPAA compliant? Your FitBit is in a gray area of compliance and with technology on the rise, providers and HIPAA regulations will need to stay up to date to accommodate the new ways of processing health data. Read more about this story.

OCR’s long list of fines

#OCR has given out $80 million in fines in 55 cases since the HIPAA ruling took effect in 2003. Read more below about the hashtag#HIPAA violation cases the OCR has dealt with below. Read this article

Girl Scouts of Orange County averted the breach of 2,800 girls information

Is your daughter a part of the #GirlScouts? Be careful, even the Thin Mints are at risk of a #breach. Read the article about how the Girl Scouts of Orange County averted the breach of 2,800 girls information through an email hack.

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38,000 patients at risk via Legacy Health breach

Legacy Health was #breached with the possibility of 38,000 patients at risk. Read more about the breach and who may be affected.

Do you need to comply with HIPAA?

Why do you, as a doctor, dentist or any other medical provider, need to comply with HIPAA?   Listen to my podcast! SoundCloud: Link: https://soundcloud.com/middayreferralnetwork/getting-your-practice-hippa-compliant Even though HIPAA may seem complicated, we have the solution. Our newest offering gives you an all-in-one web-based platform to address your HIPAA comp...

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What constitutes a HIPAA breach?

A breach is defined as the unauthorized acquisition, access, use, or disclosure of PHI which compromises the security or privacy of the information. HIPAA violations can have very serious consequences ranging from $100 – $50,000 per incident up to $1.5 Million. The best way to prevent a breach is to always keep PHI confidential and follow proper security practices. Some examples of breaches ...