Third Rock – Our CEO was Security Panelist at Health Tech ATX

Robert Felps, Third Rock CEO, was one of three panelist for the Health Tech ATX conference in Austin, TX on October 7.  There were over 75 Healthcare executives and security experts in attendance.  One of the main focuses was on the extreme rise in Healthcare cyber-security breaches and how to address them.  HIPAA compliance was the number one response from the panelist.  You must do a Risk Assessment to know what issues you have and prioritize the remediation of those issues.  The changes brought abo ...

Third Rock Recognized as one of Most Promising HIPAA Compliance Solution Providers for 2015!

Third Rock Recognized as one of Most Promising HIPAA Compliance Solution Providers for 2015! Click to Read Article In the July issue of Healthcare Tech Outlook, Third Rock has been recognized as one of the nation’s Top 20 Most Promising Healthcare Compliance Providers for 2015!  “We are very excited and proud to be independently recognized by Healthcare Tech Outlook.  Our hard work to deliver affordable advanced cyber security and comprehensive HIPAA compliance has been very well received by our c ...

Protecting Yourself from a Cyber Breach (3 of 3)

This article is the third in a three-part series from Third Rock, a leading HIPAA Compliance and Risk Management provider, describing various methods to help protect your healthcare organization from breaches, and cyber-breaches in particular. Last week, we highlighted the financial impact of a cyber-breach for a healthcare organization and why it is so important to protect your data from breaches.  Today’s article will look at the two most significant approaches towards protecting your organization f ...

There is no way to stop a data breach

If you have been reading the news, you know cyber-breaches are getting out of control.  A recent article contained a statement of truth from Daniel Marvin, Cybersecurity Attorney, Stern & Montana.  He states “There is no way to stop a data breach. Hackers are smart, they are well-funded and they are relentless. You really can't build a firewall high enough to keep them out.” He's absolutely correct.  You MUST understand that preventative security measures reduce break-ins, but cannot s ...

Impact of a Healthcare Breach (2 of 3)

This article is the second in a three-part series from Third Rock, a leading HIPAA Compliance and Risk Management provider, that highlights the financial impact of a cyber-breach for healthcare organizations and why it is so important to protect your healthcare data. The impact from a healthcare breach has wide and significant impact to a healthcare organization, both small and large.  Here are some examples of the costs associated with healthcare breaches: Negative media/publicity is one of the fir ...

Cyber Breach – No One is Immune

This article is the first in a three-part series from Third Rock, a leading HIPAA Compliance and Risk Management provider, explaining the magnitude and business impact of cyber security breaches as well as steps you can take to protect your records and your organization. Recent headlines have reported that cyber breaches are occurring with greater frequency than ever before. Everyone is familiar with the cyber breaches of Target, Home Depot, JP Morgan, Sony, and most recently, the federal Office of Perso ...

Security Alert: Healthcare needs to learn from OPM Breach

HealthITSecurity wrote a good article on what Healthcare can learn from the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) breach.  The key being that ALL businesses and organizations need to understand it is IMPOSSIBLE to keep the bad guys out of the castle, you WILL be breached sooner or later.  Therefore, they need to be prepared, by implementing multiple layers of cyber-security defense.  One part of the cyber-security they did NOT mention is a next generation solution that detects when unauthorized softwa ...

HIPAA/HITECH, Is your practice compliant?

The new HIPAA/HITECH law has been in force for over two years.  However, most healthcare providers have yet to start addressing the new requirements.  It’s a daunting task for a risk assessment expert, professional project manager or even a CCO, CIO or COO, much less a practice manager.  There are various reasons for the delay: confusion, misinformation, cost and time. One of the most common sources of misinformation we've encountered in our clients is a belief that they are already in compliance!  ...

HIPAA Self-Assessment Validity

HIPAA Risk Assessment: Third party vs self-assessment Although the U.S. government allows healthcare providers under $5 million in annual revenue to perform a risk assessment themselves as part of the HIPAA requirements, is it a good idea?  The alternative is to pay an independent third party to perform the risk assessment. Many consider the Risk Assessment a necessary evil to avoid potential HIPAA fines.  It is important to remember the fundamental intent of HIPAA; protect the patient’s data, maint ...

Cyber Breaches – Reducing the Noise

We’ve been involved with Information Technology, cyber security and healthcare for decades.  We’ve taken our experience and focused our efforts on providing the best comprehensive HIPAA compliance solution available.  In re-evaluating security monitoring solutions we  came across the Integrity tool from SignaCert that brought some unique and powerful capabilities to our technical tool chest. With all of the cyber breaches lately, including Target, Home Depot and JP Morgan to name a few, we keep he ...

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