Shortage of Qualified Cybersecurity Workers: “…the greatest cyber risk of all.”

The 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study (GISWS) released in February 2017 forecast a shortage of 1.8 million cybersecurity workers by 2020, while a study by Cybersecurity Ventures estimates “3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs” by 2021. While the projected magnitude of the shortfall varies from one study to the next, government experts, consultants, and pundits alike are unanimous in predicting that the current shortage of qualified cybersecurity workers will only get worse for the ...

Cyber Liability Insurance Becoming More Difficult to Purchase

Hopefully, you've realized one of your pieces of defense in the cybersecurity war is Cyber Liability Insurance or Data Breach Insurance, sometimes called Cyber Insurance.  What you may not know is that cyber liability insurance is getting more difficult to obtain.  Several insurance companies we've spoken with have reported that in 2017, cyber liability claims outpaced other claim types, including medical liability claims!  In very simple terms, this means that cyber liability insurance is costing th ...

2018 The Year of the Meltdown and Spectre

If you don't read about cybersecurity and stolen data everyday then you probably don't read much news.  But, if you scan the news headlines once in a while you're aware of the following:2014 - The Year of the Cyber Breach 2015 - The Year of the Healthcare Cyber Breach 2016 - The Year of the Cyber Attack (it's common news) 2017 - The Year of RansomwareSo, what will 2018 be dubbed?  2018 - The Year of the Meltdown?  Wait, what meltdown?  Or the Year of the Spectre?  Is that a ghost or ...

Protect Your Clients, Your Clients’ Data, and Your Business – a webinar offered by Developmental Services Network

Robert Felps, CEO of Third Rock, is proud to present a cybersecurity webinar - Protect Your Clients, Your Clients' Data, and Your Business - for Developmental Services Network on Thursday, January 18, 2018, 10:30am-11:30am PST.Did you know your client data is worth 50 times more than a credit card number on the dark web? A HIPAA approved client management system does not make you HIPAA compliant, nor does it completely protect your client data. Learn steps to improve your cybersecurity and ach ...

Third Rock Streamlines SECURETexas Privacy and Security Certification

Round Rock, TX – December 19, 2017 – Third Rock, who was awarded preferred vendor status with Texas Health Services Authority (THSA) in August this year, has streamlined the SECURETexas certification process to help healthcare organizations reduce liability by better securing patients’ Protected Health Information (PHI).Third Rock has incorporated the question set for the SECURETexas certification program into CompassDB, Third Rock's compliance management system.  Third Rock has shown that by ut ...

Protect Yourself – Don’t let Scrooge Cyber Sabotage Your Holiday Shopping Season!

We are into the Holiday Season and Cyber Scrooges - cyber criminals - are alive and well!  Breaches seem to be a daily occurrence.  In the area where I live, they even recommend paying for gas with cash and don’t use a credit card at the pump due to card skimmers.  So, I’m out holiday shopping and I’m lucky if I have two dollars in my wallet.  That means I have to stop at a cash machine to pay for gas.  Wait, that cash machine could have a card skimmer attached to it!  I guess I have to go i ...

Upcoming Events of Interest

The Health Care Compliance Association Regional Conference will be held in Houston on Dec. 8, 2017. Third Rock's COO, Ed Jones, PMP, CHSP, will be participating on a panel discussing the importance of Patient Information Privacy along with representatives from THSA and Winstead, PC.Members of our Third Rock Team will also be in Dallas on Dec.14 & 15 for the Cybersecurity Forum at the Dallas Health IT Summit. The Cybersecurity Forum brings together experts in healthcare IT security and p ...

Too Many Passwords and Too Little “Personal” Memory!

I began my morning by starting up my PC and getting the message “Your password has expired. You must change it now!” Temporarily frozen at my keyboard, my mind is churning to think up a new password that I have a decent chance of remembering.  Should I tweak the old password by a digit or create a new one?  Luckily NIST has phased out the requirement to regularly change passwords.  But every website seems to require a password.  I have about 200 passwords to manage, what a pain!  I can’t begin to ...

HIPAA Compliance is a Business Decision

A couple of weeks ago, I was talking with a technology vendor who is starting to move into the healthcare space. Their technology isn’t used in the creation or manipulation of patients’ protected health information (PHI), but they do store information on behalf of healthcare organizations that could potentially include PHI. They wanted to know, “Are we required to comply with HIPAA?” Technically – yes. On the other hand, there are hundreds of healthcare organizations and healthcare vendors who act ...

The Most Common Mistakes in Cybersecurity are Preventable

Many of the issues we see in cybersecurity, whether you are in healthcare, retail, finance, etc., are by and large preventable. It is not about having a big budget or a large team of experts. No, some of it is just common sense. It is not unlike driving a car. When driving a car you take several basic, yet important, steps to try and lower your risk of an accident. You look both ways at a stop sign, you drive safely to avoid losing control, you keep your car in working condition, and just in case you are in ...

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